TWENTY–EIGHTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR B
Psalm 89: 12-13, 14-15, 16-17
Sentire Cum Ecclesia
Allow me to ask a very pointed question. Just how Catholic are you? How does one measure the degree of one’s Catholicism? The wise old Latin aphorism, Sentire cum Ecclesia: to feel with the Church, to have the Church’s sensibility, remains a touchstone of Catholic identity.
One’s response to the canonization of new saints is, in effect, a very reliable spiritual thermometer. When, upon hearing the news of another canonization, one says, “Ho, hum,” and then yawns in jaded disinterest, one’s Catholicism is in peril. One is in grave danger of becoming, for all practical purposes, a kind of Protestant content to plod along in the narrow furrows of an individualistic and privatized piety, disconnected from the mystery of a Church that is universal, a Church that is astonishingly fruitful in every age, place, and culture.
Antipathy Toward the Saints?
I fear that sometimes we fall into a kind of neo–Jansenism. One of the hallmarks of the chilling Jansenist