God brought from heaven to earth the strategy of how to best handle the crosses that nail themselves to us as we pass through the valley of tears. We want God to eliminate our crosses. God, however, does not want to eliminate them. God wants us to pick them up and carry them (Matthew 16:24). There is a difference in opinions. God's prevails. The strategy that God brought is the good news of great joy with regard to adversity, the good news of great joy with regard to prosperity and the good news of great joy with regard to death. The Church's mission is to convey the strategy to the children of Adam and Eve.
God put the Church in charge of logistics - getting us from here to there - from goodlessness to paradise. To succeed in its mission, the Church needs to get the children of Adam and Eve into the new exodus, onto the escape route and engaged in the escape. The Church fails when it excludes the children of Adam and Eve from the escape route - when it blocks their access to it - when it puts obstacles in their way - when it charges a price for admission .
The Church has all of the Answers but None of the Questions
The Church has all of the answers but none of the questions. The answers belong to the Church but the questions belong to the multitude. What good is a Church with all of the answers and a multitude without any questions? A business with a warehouse full of great merchandise but without any customers is a failure. So, too, a Church. The Church has not paid the proper attention to the delicate balance between question and answer. Too much emphasis has been given to the answers and too little emphasis has been given to the questions. As a result, the beautiful, symbiotic dance between question and answer is dead. The multitude no longer ask life's most important questions. In its misguided effort to raise a docile multitude (See Paragraph 8 of VEHEMENTER NOS), the Church has raised a multitude who pass through the valley of tears question-less. Why are we here? Where did we come from? Where are we going? How do we get from here to there - from godlessness to paradise? Who knows the way? Not asked. This is the problem. How do we fix it? How do we inspire curiosity in the multitude about life's most important questions? The first step in the process of conversion is to stimulate the multitude to ask the right questions. Until then, the answers are irrelevant - the magisterium unable to bear any fruit. Now is the time to resuscitate the beautiful, symbiotic dance between question and answer. Now is the time.
Excerpt from The Rosary: an Effective Means of Evangelization by Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan from Catholic New York 9/28/2017 (Website)
"Where we begin in the whole sacred process of evangelization is very important!
Pope Francis has radiantly reminded us of this, hasn’t he? It’s not helpful to start with what the Church is against; it’s not productive to begin with what’s right or wrong. We’ll get to that eventually. No, we start with the Person, the invitation, the message of Jesus! Then, everything else flows from this saving proclamation!
My friend, Father Bob Barron, one of the nation’s premier evangelists today, puts it like this: if a foreign visitor asks you to explain the complicated game of baseball, you would hardly start with the “infield-fly rule”! No! You would first introduce him to the beauty, rhythm, and flow of the game! Father Barron suggests he would take him instead to Wrigley Field, gradually introduce him to the majesty of our national pastime, and then patiently explain the details of the game".