On the other hand, we are living in a post-Christian era, most of us in countries that were clearly Christianized.
What is the NEW Evangelization about?
It is in large part a project of RE-Evangelization. It is also about our continuing need to evangelize in an authentic way.
From the MailOnline comes an article about what is going on with the demographics of religion in the UK.
One country, two religions and three very telling pictures: The empty pews at churches just yards from an overcrowded mosque
Two photos show Sunday morning services in churches in East London
The third shows worshippers gathered for Friday midday prayers outside a nearby mosque
The difference in numbers could hardly be more dramatic
Read the article there, but here are a couple photos to drive the point home.
To recover our Catholic Christian identity we must, first, revitalize our liturgical worship of God. We must be prepared to articulate what we believe in the public square as well as in private. We have to get involved in spiritual and corporal works of mercy.
I think that Pope Benedict set our liturgical worship on a new course because he saw the devastation to our Catholic identity that happened after the Council. We must, must, must, proceed with what he launched. In that light I think Pope Francis is pointing to what I mentioned above: spiritual and corporal works of mercy.
No sphere of our Catholic lives can be revitalized apart from our liturgical worship of God. By the virtue of Religion, we owe God proper worship. He Himself makes it possible for us to worship in a way that is pleasing to Him. He has given us Holy Church and the Church has given us our proper rites, which must be followed lovingly and reverently.
To recover who we are, we must worship well. To worship well, we must recover who we are.
A couple great books for reflection on these points:
I part ways with both authors on certain points, but their books drill at a burning issue. They are both directed to American readers, but it seems to me that the principles in them are useful to all readers of English.