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?