by Catherine Doherty.
In order to be understood and heard, must the Church conform to the world and its ideas?
If by conform is meant change and adaptation in order to express eternal truths in a way more understandable to modern man, the answer is "yes."
On the other hand, if it implies any compromise with the gospel message, there can be no giving ground. Christ came to arouse us from our complacency, indifference, and hedonism so that we might follow him.
The Christian and the whole church must cry out the glad news, even if the world considers it disturbing or unpleasant. Christ came to disturb the conscience of man, and his followers must continue this mission.
Let us love the Church with a passionate love, remembering that the Church, in its sacraments and in its very being, is a mystery of love. Let us incarnate this mystery in our lives, with hearts full of charity, patience, and understanding.
…whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God (Jn 3:21).
—From Light in the Darkness, pp. 39-40, (2009), available from MH Publications
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