March 20, 2013
A powerful thought
This quote, from the Fifth General Conference of the Bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean (2007), appears at the front of George Weigel's new book, Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st Century Church (which I recently read and enjoyed very much):
The Church is called to a deep and profound rethinking of its mission. . . . It
cannot retreat in response to those who see only confusion, dangers, and
threats. . . . What is required is confirming, renewing, and revitalizing the newness of the Gospel . . . out of a personal and community encounter with Jesus Christ that raises up disciples and missionaries. . . .
A Catholic faith reduced to mere baggage, to a collection of rules and
prohibitions, to fragmented devotional practices, to selective and partial
adherence to the truths of faith, to occasional participation in some
sacraments, to the repetition of doctrinal principles, to bland or nervous
moralizing, that does not convert the life of the baptized would not withstand
the trials of time. . . . We must all start again from Christ, recognizing [with
Pope Benedict XVI] that “being Christian is . . . the encounter with an event, a
person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction.”
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