“…New research has confirmed what The Catholic Universe has long argued – that the country is not losing its sense of faith. The ICM poll, commissioned by the Church of England, tells us that four out of five British adults still believe firmly in the transforming power of prayer.
THE YOUNG AND THE OLDER GENERATION ARE PARTICULARLY LIKELY TO TURN TO GOD
While some said they would pray for world peace, others had more everyday concerns – turning to God for relationship troubles or stressful jobs. According to the survey, women were more likely to pray than men, with 85 per cent citing something they would pray for. The young and the old were more likely to seek religious guidance than the middle-aged, with 89 per cent of the over-65s and 85 per cent of those aged between 18 and 24 saying they had something to pray for. An end to world poverty, exam success and family and friends’ health also featured in the list of most prayed-for topics. Only 14 per cent of participants said they would never pray and five per cent said they would not know what to pray for.
THE DEEP-ROOTED AND IMMOVABLE SPIRITUAL FOUNDATION OF THE HUMAN PERSON
We hear a great deal these days about the march of secularism and the decline of religious faith, when in fact we mean a decline in adherence to some organised beliefs. Prayer is one of the most natural and instinctive of human responses, and has been with us since humanity first looked to the void in search of greater meanings, so these findings come as no surprise. The very first Christians who evangelised these islands did not find barbarity and rampant atheism, but many forms of primitive, organised beliefs, of which the beginnings of prayer were a central tenet.
THE INTRINSIC GOODNESS AND THE POTENTIAL FOR SALVATION
In more modern times we have tended to focus mistakenly on worries about the loss of belief, rather than building on the deep-rooted and immovable spiritual foundations of the human person. It’s a classic case of the glass being half empty, or half full, depending how negative or positive your theological outlook. Easter is a timely reminder of Christ’s unshakeable belief in the intrinsic goodness of us all, and the potential for salvation.”
– The above is a comment from “The Catholic Universe”, published in their 31st March 2013 issue. For subscriptions contact: The Universe Media Group Ltd, 30 St Mary’s Parsonage, Manchester M3 2WJ