Thursday, March 28, 2013

Easter: Coming out of ourselves

"With Christ we can transform ourselves and the world."  Pope Francis

"It was the evening of the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked because they were afraid.... Jesus came and stood among them. He told them, "Peace be with you."

Pope Francis reiterates the greatest need of the church, for saints. Evangelization presupposes that the Church does not want to be locked up inside herself, but wants to go “to the peripheries, not only geographically, but also the existential peripheries: the mystery of sin, of pain, of injustice, of ignorance and indifference to religion, of intellectual currents, and of all misery. When the Church does not come out of herself to evangelize  she becomes self-referential and then gets sick."

"In Revelation, Jesus says that he is at the door and knocks. Obviously, the text refers to his knocking from the outside in order to enter, but I think about the times in which Jesus knocks from within so that we will let him come out. The self-referential church keeps Jesus Christ within herself and does not let him out....Put simply, there are two images of the Church: a Church which evangelizes and comes out of herself” by hearing the word of God with reverence and proclaiming it with faith; and “the worldly Church, living within herself, of herself, for herself....this should shed light on the possible changes and reforms which must be done for the salvation of souls.”

Blessed James Alberione, the founder of the Pauline Family, used the media to proclaim the Gospel.“He intuited the need to make Jesus Christ, the Way, the Truth and the Life, known to the people of our time through the means of our time,” John Paul II explained during the homily delivered the Sunday after Easter when proclaiming Alberione blessed. Explaining the reason for the founding of the Pauline Family, the Holy Father recalled Blessed Alberione’s words about the media: “These means must be used by a group of saints.”

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