When people hold something dear, they take pains to pass it one to the next generation.
Before the Lord ascended, He commanded the Apostles, the Church, to go forth, to teach and to baptize (Matthew 28:19).
Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Aug 30, 2011 / 07:09 pm (CNA).- Pope Benedict XVI has asked forgiveness on behalf of generations of “cradle Catholics” who have failed to transmit the faith to others.
“We who have known God since we were young, must ask forgiveness,” said Pope Benedict to a gathering of his former students at the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo, south of Rome, on Aug. 28.
The Pope said an apology is due because “we bring people so little of the light of His face, because from us comes so little certainty that He exists, that He is there, and that He is the Great One that everyone is waiting for.”
The Pope’s comments were made at a Mass to conclude the annual meeting of his “Schülerkreis” or “Study Group.”
Whew. This touches all Catholics, of course, but in particular our clergy of the past couple generations. No? Am I wrong?
As Capt. Aubrey would say, “Jeremiah 23:1 ain’t in it!”.
We have a lot of work to do.
But keep this in mind.
The Church is all about communications. She communicates us and for us upwards and communicates God’s graces and correct teaching to us.
The principle way in which the Church communicates is through our liturgical worship.
We cannot get our catechetical efforts straightened out without straightening out our liturgical worship.
The new translation is a help. Summorum Pontificum is a huge help.