Father Reynolds' Conversion, Penance and Prayer, Now! (see A Video Meditation: Conversion, Penance and Prayer, Now! posted below) is a beautiful reflection on cleaning out the Church from within. True, he based it on the Holy Father's reflection at the end of the Year of the Priest, but it seems that Pope Benedict is picking up this theme once again. I think there's a pattern developing here.
At yesterday's Mass for the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, the Holy Father spoke of the greatest danger to the Church as coming from within:
“Indeed, if we think of the two millennia of Church history, we can see that - as the Lord Jesus had announced, Christians have never been lacking in trials, which in some periods and places have assumed the character of real persecution... These, however, despite the suffering they cause, are not the greatest danger for the Church, ... In fact, it suffers greatest damage from what pollutes the Christian faith and life of its members and its communities, eroding the integrity of the Mystical Body, weakening its ability to prophesy and witness, tarnishing the beauty of its face.”Then the Pope turned to the cause of much of the "pollution." He said that the second Letter to Timothy:
"...speaks about the dangers of the 'last days,' identifying them with negative attitudes that belong to the world and can infect the Christian community: selfishness, vanity, pride, love of money, etc.”Ouch!