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[Image: World Youth Day 1993, Denver]

By Eric Sammons, Crisis Magazine, Feb. 25, 2022 

Eric Sammons is the editor-in-chief of Crisis Magazine. His most recent book Deadly Indifference (May 2021) examines the rise of religious indifference and how it has led the Church to lose her missionary zeal.


Thirty years ago today I made the best decision of my life. After praying the Rosary for just the third time in my life, I decided to join the Catholic Church. I’ll never forget the moment that so profoundly changed my life’s trajectory.

I’ll also not forget the Catholic optimism that was bubbling up in the Church at that time: Karl Keating’s Catholic Answers was starting to take off, Scott Hahn’s conversion talk was going viral (at least as viral as a cassette tape being copied and passed from person to person can go), and Pope John Paul’s global influence was reaching its heights. But I ask myself thirty years later: where did all that optimism go? …

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