Thursday, April 21, 2005

A smaller flock?

Christine posted a comment with this quotation from then Cardinal Ratzinger:

He said that the Church will "become small, and will to a great extent have to start over again. But after a time of testing, an internalized and simplified Church will radiate great power and influence; for the population of an entirely planned and controlled world are going to be inexpressibly lonely…and they will then discover the little community of believers as something quite new. As a hope that is there for them, as they answer they have secretly always been asking for."

What strikes me here is how he connects loneliness with the need for evangelization. Christian joy is a great attraction to the faith.

What do you think about the possibility of a smaller flock?


Tommy said...

This post and your post as to "Why-the-Cardinals-Chose-Ratzinger" are brilliant. As an Orthodox, American Catholic who has sinned on occasion, I agree with you, and it is refreshing to hear that agreement.

Thank you. I was referred to your blog a few moments ago, and have now saved it.

Anonymous said...

The mysterious and yet intriguing philosopher-commentator "Spengler" had a take on this a few weeks ago, when Cardinal Ratzinger first started to be talked of as a front-runner:

Sr. Lorraine said...

Thanks, Tommy! and also thanks to anonymous for the link to the article he mentioned. It has many interesting points and ends with this:

But Ratzinger places his hopes on the purely spiritual weapons that made Christianity a force to begin with. He has said, in effect, "I have a mustard seed, and I'm not afraid to use it."