"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
I mentioned the other day how someone asked me if I wanted to infiltrate a group at odds with the Archdiocese and report my findings to the chancery - expenses would be paid. After giving it more thought, I have to ask, why can't the Archbishop meet with these people himself? Why do Archbishops and Cardinals keep aloof from the people they are meant to shepherd, to teach and guide? Yesterday's reading from Acts tells us how Paul went to Athens and mingled with the pagan Athenians, recognizing their cults yet teaching them about true worship. He taught them - he went into their midst. They scoffed at him, but some of them said, "We should like to hear you on this another time." So why does it seem like many bishops only preach prepared homilies from the pulpit or write exortations in diocesan newspapers - why are they not amongst their people - rather than sending spies to find out what they are up to?
The Pope doesn't hide himself in his palace.
Photo: Bishop of Assisi from the film, Brother Son Sister Moon