“We don’t live in a neutral culture” – that was the message from Dr. Edward Sri, prominent Catholic author and guest speaker at the Men of Faith Conference this past January, held at St. Michaels church in London, Ontario. Almost 400 men participated in the conference, many who had travelled through snowy conditions to attend, some from as far away as Kingston. To those in attendance Dr. Sri explained how the mainstream culture presents a biased worldview, one that often goes against that which Jesus teaches us about love and life. Through a series of three talks, Dr. Sri outlined a way to understand the teachings of the Catholic Church and lead a life of faith in the world today.
The Men of Faith Conference could be seen as a rallying call – one especially relevant for men in western society today dealing with lukewarm attitudes, ignorance, and misunderstanding – that to be men bears the responsibility of masculine identity, of intellectual formation, of love for all, and of ultimately uniting the personal will to the greater good of others and to the Glory of God. These men of faith are encouraged to go home and build up their families, parishes, and the Church.