Something To Think About
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Two years of involvement with VOTF have left me persuaded
that a profound transformation in it will be required
if we are to engage our fellow Catholics in achieving
VOTF’s fundamental mission: to renew our beloved
Church. A new spiritual dimension for VOTF is needed
to accomplish this goal and to distinguish our cause
from the legal wrangling now underway in California
and other parts of the country while consuming the attention
of the hierarchy.
Basically, this dimension involves embracing wholeheartedly
the concept of incarnation theology eloquently
described in Chapters 4 and 5 in Ronald Rolheiser’s
The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality.
In brief, this concept means that incarnation did not
end with Christ’s thirty-three years on earth. He continues
to dwell within each of us in the sense of the words
attributed to St. Teresa of Avila:
Christ has no body but yours,
no hands but yours,
no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which
He is to go about doing good.
Yours are the hands with which
He is to bless us now.
Rolheiser succinctly summarizes the consequences of
this concept. “We are also charging ourselves, as part
of the Body of Christ, with some responsibility for
answering [our prayers]. To pray as a Christian demands
concrete involvement [emphasis added] in trying
to bring about what is pleaded for in the prayer.”
This charge opens new dimensions of motivation and
action for each one of us. Thoughtfully cultivated,
it has the potential, in the short run, of engaging
the laity in responding to the challenges laid out by
Vatican II. In the long run, VOTF could simply disappear
(as it should) and be absorbed in the renewed Church.
As a point of departure for engaging the laity, two
or three evenings of guided reflection on the incarnation
theology (described by Rolheiser) could be effective
for core members of the VOTF affiliates. Such an initiative,
replicated for other groups of the laity, would likely
be more productive than a sequence of bold organizational
initiatives and inspiring conferences.
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