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athgarvan

The Church Today.

Dickens could well have been describing the situation of the Catholic Church today:


"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair."

- Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (1859)

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Dickens was describing a revolution which turned into a bloodbath as the revolution ate itself and finished with a megalomaniac tyrant in charge.

Whilst your church may be in need of a revolution, I suspect you'd rather it passed on the rest!
Personally, I am finding this time in the Church strangely spiritually enriching as an "age of wisdom", a "season of light", an "epoch of belief", and a "spring of hope".
How very good for you!

It is not the worst of times for the church.
It is a time of great courage.
Benedict had the courage to say - "I am not the one"
Francis has the courage to speak out for a renewal of spirit.
The church as a whole has the courage to say "mea culpa" - sins of commission and omission.
Without courage there can not be openness to the spirit and receptivity to change.
How true.
I think you are right. The Catholic Church could fit into that easily. :o
Hugs, Jon
That was possibly the best book I ever read.
great quote and very appropriate to the church