“Dear friends, the love of Christ impels us to devote ourselves without reserve to proclaiming his Name throughout America, bringing it freely and enthusiastically to the hearts of all its inhabitants. There is no more rewarding or beneficial work than this. There is no greater service that we can provide to our brothers and sisters. They are thirsting for God. For this reason, we ought to take up this commitment with conviction and joyful dedication, encouraging priests, deacons, consecrated men and women and pastoral agents to purify and strengthen their interior lives ever more fully through a sincere relationship with the Lord and a worthy and frequent reception of the sacraments. This will be encouraged by suitable catechesis and a correct and ongoing doctrinal formation marked by complete fidelity to the word of God and the Church’s magisterium and aimed at offering a response to the deepest questions and aspirations of the human heart. The witness of your faith will thus be more eloquent and incisive, and you will grow in unity in the fulfilment of your apostolate. A renewed missionary spirit and zealous generosity in your commitment will be an irreplaceable contribution to what the universal Church expects and needs from the Church in America.”

-Pope Benedict XVI, to cardinals, bishops, priests, religious and laity from the American continent at the Opening Mass of the International Congress on the Church in America.

  • chaco

    “…through a sincere relationship and a worthy & frequent reception of the sacraments.” That’s “THE SWITCH” that turns on “The New Evangelization/ New Springtime”. Some Pope(Pious X ?) stated; “We are in a constant battle with the mind.” (referring to our rationalizing of sin to silence our conscience). Bishop Chaput’s post about St. Thomas More showed that there are even authors trying to rationalize St. More into being wrong. All this “Intellectual Vollying” leads one to conclude that it is only reasoning fueled by HEARTFELT SINCERITY of RELATIONSHIP with Jesus that produces “Good Fruit”.