I’ve been wondering this for a long time. Sadly, I don’t think it’s an American thing. Europe is probably slacking in this area as well. Is it because we aren’t promoting vocations to religious orders and monasteries anymore? Monasticism and religious orders were big Saint-making machines, yet in America we don’t tend to promote them at all.
I’m not saying that no one in America is going to Heaven. We have some great examples, like Fr. Solanus Casey and Archbp. Fulton Sheen, but we just aren’t seeing this on a wider scale. I’d really love to see an end to this phobia of monasticism within the Catholic Church here in the US. Our Orthodox brothers and sisters have been producing many Saints, which I don’t doubt that they are Saints. Many of them lead fantastically holy lives. Why are we slipping up here in America?
Now, I know that just because I don’t hear about it that it doesn’t mean we aren’t. However, what can we do at the laity level to promote vocations to monasteries for monks and nuns? If we believe to have the entire truth, would should be promoting these things and God will take care of the rest.
That’s my little rant on the subject. What saith you?