The Altar and the World Print
Written by Sherry   
Thursday, 17 April 2008 06:23
Pope Benedict quote of the day. Just something that struck me since Fr. Michael Sweeney and I used to spend a lot of time talking about participating in the liturgy as adults and secular apostles who bring their secular responsibilities and vocations and relationships to the altar and take away from the altar strength and love and vision for their apostolate in the world.

When asked about the quiet "attrition" of many Catholics who simply drift away:

First, as you know, it is becoming more and more difficult, in our Western societies, to speak in a meaningful way of “salvation”. Yet salvation - deliverance from the reality of evil, and the gift of new life and freedom in Christ - is at the heart of the Gospel. We need to discover, as I have suggested, new and engaging ways of proclaiming this message and awakening a thirst for the fulfillment which only Christ can bring. It is in the Church’s liturgy, and above all in the sacrament of the Eucharist, that these realities are most powerfully expressed and lived in the life of believers; perhaps we still have much to do in realizing the Council’s vision of the liturgy as the exercise of the common priesthood and the impetus for a fruitful apostolate in the world.