Bishop Corriveau: The spirituality of communion will renew the Church today

Friday, October 12, 2012

corriveauOn October 9, 2012, the Most Reverend John Corriveau, O.F.M. Cap., Bishop of Nelson, made his intervention at the XIII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization and the Transmission of the Christian Faith. The following is an unofficial summary of his intervention:

“Pope John Paul II teaches that communion is the mission and the prophetic response of the Church to the individualism of our age. He stresses that the Church will fulfill this mission only if it promotes a spirituality of communion (Novo Millennio Ineunte, 43). A spirituality of communion is profoundly Trinitarian. When Trinitarian love burst upon the world in the Incarnation, a new and vital power of relationship, of unity, was revealed to the human family. The call to communion is more than a slogan. It is a conversion of heart. In the great missionary outburst of the Church during the 19th and early 20th century, there was a great coherence between the Church’s self-understanding and the spirituality which expressed it. The Church described herself as a ‘perfect society leading souls to God’. This found expression in ascetical spirituality, a spirituality of personal perfection. It gave birth to a host of apostolic religious congregations and ecclesial movements which bore the Gospel throughout the world. The spirituality of communion must spawn a similar renewal in the Church today, giving birth to religious congregations and ecclesial movements. Existing ecclesial movements and religious congregations must also renew their spirituality and mission in light of the communal identity of the Church. Ministers and pastoral agents, as well as ecclesial movements and religious congregations with spiritualities shaped and energized by the Mystery of the Most Holy Trinity, will open new avenues for dialogue with our secularized world, making an important contribution to the new evangelization.”