Need More Windows and Doors

window2Perhaps Pope Francis is getting closer and closer towards his saintly namesake’s commission to “Rebuild My Church.”“

Recently, he reminded his Argentinian brother bishops that “A Church that does not go out of itself, sooner or later, sickens from the stale air of closed rooms”.  If John XXIII is credited to encourage that we “open wide the windows of the Church” to allow the spirit to come in; then, perhaps, Francis might be calling for us to ensure that we rebuild our room to ensure that we can get out and share that spirit to all the nations

Pastoral ministry should always be missionary and its ministers must be courageous evangelizers not afraid to go out ‘into the deep’, the outskirts of existence, to bring the ‘sweet and comforting joy’ of faith to people today. This is Pope Francis’ message.

“Mission” he notes, “is key to ministry”.  Pope Francis suggests that Church typically suffers from being self-referential, of only looking to and relying on itself. Have we find ourselves stuck into a small, narrow room of our own making?

Even worse, are we designing youth experiences that are trapping young people ecclesial-ly in similar confined rooms?

How do we continually bring others to Mission and avoid Maintenance within small windowless rooms?

D. Scott Miller

D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.


D. Scott Miller


D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.



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