The Loss of Culture Leads
to the Loss of Sacred
What does it mean to call something ‘sacred’? Brian Holdsworth, in this engaging lesson, traces the origin and meaning of this word in the context of Church history. He shows how ‘sacred’ implies being ‘set apart’ from the ordinary and worldly, and how it differs from ethics and virtue. He also explains how the loss of the sense of sacred is linked to the failure to internalize our faith. To recover the sacred, Brian argues, we need to transform our culture and make it reflect God’s holiness.
INDIVIDUAL & SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
- How do you understand the word ‘sacred’ and what are some examples of sacred things or places in your life?
- How do you set apart the sacred from the ordinary and worldly, and what are some challenges or benefits of doing so?
- How do you internalize your faith and make it reflect God’s holiness, and what are some ways that we can transform our Catholic culture to recover the sense of sacred?
Brian Holdsworth’s Bio:
Brian Holdsworth is a Catholic thinker, speaker, and writer best known for his weekly YouTube commentaries on topics related to culture, morality, and faith. He converted to the Catholic Church 15 years ago and lives in Edmonton, Alberta, with his wife and seven children. He also runs his own marketing and communication business, offering branding, web design, and videography services. He aims to serve the mission of the Church by introducing a unique style of communicating Catholicism through digital media.