From the Archbishop's desk: April 2018

By Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon OP

Can you really become who you want to be? That is a common question these days and, in many cases, it is possible. As social, financial and class restrictions have diminished, opportunities have increased for my generation and those that follow. But what are the limits to this kind of aspiration?

Because of better education many people over the last 100 years have been lifted out of poverty and have careers that would have been reserved for people of a different class. Many of us have become world explorers as we travel the globe on holiday or business, experiencing people and cultures which at one time were only available to us through film and literature. Much of what we have achieved is through hard work and the progress of technology. One difficulty for me is that this can exclude God from our understanding of ourselves.

Dr Stephen Bullivant's recent research at St Mary's Catholic University shows that religion plays no part in the life of many of the younger generations. Could this be because they believe that God played no part in their creation and does not feature in their futures?
The resurrection of Jesus puts a very different slant on this modern way of thinking. It reminds us that our ultimate aim is not to satisfy our own ambitions but to be the way God wants us to be. Through the trials of life, we will rise to life, not because of our own efforts but because the Son of Man has drawn all people to himself.