Meanwhile, back here in the real Church, still celebrating the Spirit's most recent decent on Rome (back in March of 2013), life in the Spirit goes on and life in the Spirit is good!
First a hymn: a fine remembrance of those Spirit-filled days! Here's the gang asking the Spirit to come and help them out:
Cardinal Tagle: Church should not look to 'idealized past' with nostalgia
Speaking at a landmark theological conference focused on carrying the vision of the Council forward, Tagle said Vatican II rediscovered the Church's understanding of mystery, mission and communion -- and that, from there, "the understanding of Church changed radically."
One of the key changes of the Council, he said, was the move from a Church that focused on itself to one that focused on the needs of humanity.
"Many people want to witness to Christ in some idealized past that they long for with nostalgia," said Tagle, who spoke Friday morning at Georgetown University. "No, we witness to Christ now, here, where we are in our world."
"The Church is being asked to retrieve its deepest identity as a communion, but a communion that is not focused on itself," he continued. "Not self-focused, not self-referential."
"The Church finds its true identity only in reference to Jesus and never to itself," he said. "The Church's reference to its identity is outside of itself. The Church is the pointer to Jesus, the sign of the presence of Jesus, the servant of Jesus."