By André Regnier
“The moment has come”
These words of Blessed John Paul II came to mind when Pope Benedict XVI announced the upcoming synod on the new evangelization. I was filled with anticipation and hope that the Church would embrace her missionary nature. Today, we need this virtue of hope, which has been described as a buoy keeping our head above water in the midst of a storm.
Cardinal Wuerl Archbishop of Washington, D.C opened up the Synod with a reference to a storm,
“It’s as if a tsunami of secularism has washed across the Western world. And as it become more and more evident, it was clear that it took with it all of those structures that are reflective of Western culture, of our Christian understanding of life…The respect and understanding of marriage, the respect and understanding of family, the respect and understanding that there is such a thing as a natural moral order, the understanding that there is an objective right and wrong […] all of that has been weakened. “
The way I see it, the culture of death has been pounding the culture of life down for a long time, like a boxer stuck in the corner with arms up protecting himself from the blows. And from what I am hearing, the Church is feeling beat up and even defenseless to the onslaught of secularism.
Eventually the Church needs to come out of the corner swinging. The synod brings me hope for I see the Church leading itself to pound the life into the culture of death. As Catholics we must be confident that this is essentially an easy task, considering that there is little life in death. Secularism has no depth and brings no life.
But this fight will cost each of us and it must be focused on the proclamation of the Gospel, on evangelization. I will leave you with the hope filled words of Blessed John Paul II:
God is opening before the Church the horizon of a humanity more fully prepared for the sowing of the Gospel… the moment has come to commit all of the Church’s energies to a new evangelization. No believer in Christ, no institution of the Church can avoid this supreme duty; to proclaim Christ to all people.