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?