Well, there's more to it than that, but those are the parts that jump out at me.I mean, some Cursillistas work in the prisons, others help the homeless and some work with the mentally ill, but really, it's all about going to the pub. Oh, and we pray and read and try live more Christian lives, too. Whatever.
In any case, there are times where we offer up things for which we'd like the group to pray. Invariably, someone will ask us to pray for our children who have left the faith. Up until now, it didn't occur to me that this was anything unusual. It happens to a lot of us. The modern, secular world is a jealous god and will do its best to take believers of other faiths for its own.
I pride myself at having some amount of understanding of sales and marketing, but I never applied it to this problem.
How in the world could an organization manage to lose customers when:
- They enter as willing buyers of your product,
- They have coaches at their houses urging them to buy your product,
- You have multiple, winning sales pitches for your product and
- There are plenty of testimonials and recommendations for your product in their community?
In other words, our kids spend 8, 12 and sometimes 16 years in Catholic education and come out the other end as ... agnostics, atheists or fallen-away Catholics? Just how terrible at your job would you have to be to produce that given all of those advantages?
Not to worry, though. The US Council of Catholic Bishops is on the job. Don't question them, either. They're bishops, don't you know.