Renewal is seen as something done by others; it is something that happens from the outside or from the top down.
Such a renewal is not and can not be genuine. All of us, ordained and laity, must work at our own renewal. If Christianity means anything it means taking responsibility for our own actions and for the good of the community. Each one of us has a tendency to leave it to the “other person.” Somehow this renewal shall happen unnoticed to me but I shall reap the benefits of it. Such an attitude gets nothing done. The most pressing issue facing the Church today is not falling numbers or abuse scandals; it is the lack of knowledge of the essential truths of our faith. So many Churchgoers have a vague idea of what the teaching of the Church is. For renewal to become deep rooted we need a faithful who are knowledgeable about what the Church teaches; we need a laity that knows we have a social teaching, is acquainted with the Theology of the Body and who can converse and dialogue with the modern world on its terms. We need a laity who are interested, not afraid of science and who believe that the Church teaches the “Good News.”
But most of all: we need priests, bishops and laity who can bear witness to the Resurrection.
If we can not bear witness to the resurrection then our teaching has no depth because the Resurrection, Jesus’ overcoming of death, is central to our faith; it removes all fear, guarantees us eternal life, and is the Good News.
We have the truth. Perhaps renewal shall begin when we begin to preach it. (posted by LayWhispers)