I am in Toronto where I am speaking at a wonderful conference called SERVIAM, focused on renewal of the sacred in the Church.
Many people have expressed to me their fears and concerns about where the world is today (many want to know about the US elections and they are well informed!), and where the Church is in the world today.
But I am also seeing and hearing concrete signs of how people are taking matters into their own hands and forming small groups of support, especially when their priests and bishops are less than optimal, or even soft-pedaling sins they confess, or smoothing over immorality in our culture.
Among the things that I have noticed are how small efforts produce good results. For example, quite a few have told me how they use this blog. That is encouraging. People have asked me to bless Rosaries prepared by my friend Fr Heilman, the Combat Rosary. They intend to give them as gifts or to use them. Many people want objects blessed and they tell me from whom they are intended and why. People are relying also on the promises of God, through the Church, for sacramentals. They are not forgetting God’s work.
The Holy Spirit is at work among a creative minority here.