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I have worn many labels (Not in any particular order): Catholic, Wife, Mom,Gramma, Doctor, Major, Soccer Mom, Military Wife, Professor, Fellow.

All of these filter my views of the world. I hope that like St. Monica, I can through prayer, words and example, lead my children and others to Faith.
"The important thing is that we do not let a single day go by in vain without putting it to good use for eternity"--Blessed Franz J├Ągerst├Ątter

Friday, March 08, 2013

Conversion of the individual, not of the Church

As the cardinals gather in Rome and prepare to elect the next Vicar of Christ, the din continues from pundits who claim they know exactly what and who the Church needs. They sound like children making a list for Santa: Bring us a pope who will not fuss at us for sexual sins. Bring us a pope who will ordain women. Bring us a pope who will forget about abortion. Bring us a pope who endorses contraception. Bring us a pope who has heard the voices of popular culture and will conform the Church to match.

My snarky response is, "Uh, no. The Pope is going to be Catholic."

A much more thoughtful and reasoned response was written by Fr. Araujo at Mirror of Justice. As always, his charitable but straightforward analysis says exactly the right thing. Please read the whole essay, but the key quote is this:

In looking over this list of reasons that are used to validate the call for ecclesiastical reform, I realize that each of these categories is not hermetically sealed from the others; in short, different “reformers” may well share some or all of these arguments for reform. However, these “reformers” tend to have one thing in common: they want to change the status of offices and/or amend Church teachings. None of them really acknowledge or discuss the reform of the human person as the one means of reforming the Church, and I think this is essential to any sincere and holy desire for “reform” of the Church. Why do I offer such an argument? 
My explanation begins with the reason why Christ came into the world in the first place and founded the Church on the rock, Peter: to save us from our sins. In the world of the present age, we often hear phrases like “social sin” and “the evils of institutions” being identified as the sources of the problems which the world and its people face. This is wrong, because it is the sins of persons and the evils which persons introduce into the institutions they establish that are at the source of the grave difficulties which the Church and the world face. Until this element of intelligible reality is acknowledged as the essential source of any credible claim for reform of the Church, the clarion for transformation will be flawed.

During this Lent, may we all see this as a season for personal conversion.

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