Pope opens Synod to discuss solution to secular tide
New Evangelization will be the key to the solution.
Pope Benedict XVI spent Sunday opening a synod on the 50th Anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. The synod composed of 262 archbishops, bishops, and senior clergy listened to Benedict as he discussed the needs of the Church.
The people behind the new secularism are also championing new discriminations against the Church and her faithful. To counter this, as well as to bring renewal to the whole Church, the Holy Father is calling for the next year to be the "Year of Faith" with a special emphasis placed on the New Evangelization.
The New Evangelization within the church, is a renewed attempt to reach people with the gospel message of Christ, much like was done during the age of exploration, when the faith was spread around the globe by courageous missionaries. However, it also requires that the people "in the pews" have encountered the living Christ themselves. Thus, the effort is oriented toward Catholics as well. You cannot give to others what you do not have yourselves.
The New Evangelization then, represents a new call for courageous Christians, in love with the Lord and faithful to His Church, to step forward and become evangelizers in the spirit of the missionary clergy who have gone before. Of course, there is no need to seek people in the jungles, for there are now millions who live without the light of Christ, in every neighborhood on Earth, due to the growing influences of secularism.
According to Benedict, the family must be at the center of this new evangelization. Beginning with the sacrament of marriage, understood as only possible between one man and one woman, the holy couple in communion with Christ must first witness to one another and their family, the love of Christ. In so doing, souls will be won back to the Church.
From this, the family becomes a beacon which draws in others who witness their evangelization.
This is perhaps, the best approach to the rising tide of secularism. Secularism is cold and indifferent, and is founded on postmodern philosophy that holds all worldviews to be equal - unless they happen to be worldviews consistent with Christianity; those views seem to be held in inferior respect.
If secularism is the poison, then the New Evangelization, with its emphasis on loving witness, is the antidote.
Regardless of the best efforts of those in the modern secularism movement, they will sadly remain frustrated for the Church remains protected by the promises of Christ, who solemnly told St. Peter "the Gates of Hell will not prevail against it."
Historically, the Church has faced many persecutions and has witnessed times of growth and recession in membership. These are old challenges dressed in modern trappings, but the solutions always remain the same - to continue spreading the gospel of Christ and to remain a voice of reason and goodwill in a dark world.
As the three-week Synod continues at the Vatican, the faithful can expect good news and good plans to come from the assembly there.
© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2014
Respect for Women: That all cultures may respect the rights and dignity of women.
Vocations: That many young people may accept the Lordís invitation to consecrate their lives to proclaiming the Gospel.
Rate This Article
Leave a Comment
More Living Faith News
- GRAND OPENING: Catholic Shopping .com is now open for you. Browse today!
- Pope Francis: Fasting 'chips away at our security and, as a consequence, benefits someone else'
- Medical experts confirm miracle attributed to Archbishop Fulton Sheen
- Pew study suggests 'Pope Francis Effect' is a myth
- What will your Lenten Pledge be?
- Pope may visit China this summer, says China and the Vatican are 'close'
- Francis: 'I carry crucifix I took from dead priest.'
- Pope Francis says papal summer residence gardens be opened to the public
- Pope Francis makes special plea, but will any Catholics really listen?
- Fr. Paul Schenck: Finding Living Faith on Catechetical Sunday
- The Movie Yellow: Incest as 'Normal' and Cassavates's Slides Into the World of Woes
- The Chicago School Teachers Strike Reveals the Need For School Choice
- The Sexual Barbarians and the Dissolution of Culture
- The Happy Priest Challenges Us to Ask: Who is Jesus to Me?
- Michael Coren on Canadian Public Schools: Teachers, leave those kids alone
- We Cannot Ignore Our Consciences: Cardinal Dolan On Religious Liberty
- In the Face of Danger, Successor of Peter Travels to Lebanon as a Messenger of Peace
- Reflections on the Dignity and Vocation of Women: Who or What?