a King but not the kingdom,So they drift from her, get mad at the Church, grow lax, join another, or just give it all up.
a shepherd with no flock,
to believe without belonging,
a spiritual family with God as my father, as long as I’m
the only child,
“spirituality” without religion
faith without the faithful
Christ without His Church.
A comment that resonated with me by Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York speaking in his capacity as President of the USCCB at the opening of their Autumn Plenary Session.
This illustrates the importance of Pope Benedict's emphasis on the so-called "New Evangelism". Evangelism isn't new at all, it's just something we've forgotten about, are embarrassed by and would prefer to keep our Faith under a bushel. Maybe we let it out on Sundays but push it back under the bushel in the church car park. I find it very difficult to be a "public Catholic" and when I retired from the SABC I was astounded and mildly embarrassed when the Head of the Service, Dennis O'Donnell commented on my Catholicism and the things I had done...he's 110% more Catholic than I am! I am sure I am not alone in feeling that way but is it right? We are called to evangelise, to be witnesses to Christ. Maybe I should be a little more assertive in future.
The New Missal
The First Sunday in Advent is almost upon us. The SACBC has come up with a Commissioning and Decommissioning process for the New and the Old. Here it is in full: