THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON POPE FRANCIS
UNITED IN MISSION
On July 29 Pope Francis visited the Pentecostal Church of
the Reconciliation in Caserta, Italy. Below are some of his
remarks. While the pope was looking to ecumenism, in this
case taking off from his relationship with a Pentecostal pastor,
he touched on principles that are also relevant to the situation
within our Catholic Church. And in effect, he also touched
on principles we hold dear in LCSC.
“I don’t understand a Christian who stands still!
I don’t understand a Christian who doesn’t walk.
A Christian must walk ... because that which is still, that
does not move ahead, becomes corrupt. Like still water, which
is the first to become stagnant. ... There are Christians
who confuse walking and moving ahead with moving around. These,
instead, are errants who saunter here and there; these are
people who lack parrhesia, the boldness to go ahead; they
We must continue moving forward in our mission.
We cannot remain sipping our piña coladas at the country
club. We cannot just go around in circles within our comfortable
community environment, but miss out on the challenges and
hardships of going forth on mission. We cannot be afraid of
the creativity the Holy Spirit brings, in giving us LCSC.
“When we walk in God’s presence, we find brotherhood.
When instead we stop, we scrutinize each other too much, and
we set out on another path, that of gossip. ... And in this
way it begins, from the first moment the division of the Church
When we lose our focus on the mission, we end
up looking at each other and becoming critical. Indeed we
all have faults. It is easy enough to find them (of course
we miss the plank in our own eyes). We gossip, we criticize
unjustly, we malign, we dissent, we stoke discontent. We cause
division. For its part, LCSC gathers the brethren, focuses
us on the crucial task of evangelization, and goes on to assault
the one enemy.
“From the very beginning there has been this temptation
in the Christian community. ‘ I am from this group,
you are from that one,’ ‘No! I am the Church,
you are a sect,’ and so on.”
LCSC offers its methodology of evangelization
to the whole Church, and seeks to harness the efforts of all
parishioners in a common effort. There is no competition among
Church groups. There is no identification as to particular
groups or ministries but only the parish identity and the
Church movement that is LCSC. All parishioners, who may be
members of different groups, are welcome to participate in
the LCSC mission.
“The Holy Spirit creates diversity in the Church ...
diversity, rich and beautiful. But, at the same time, the
Holy Spirit creates unity, and so the Church is one in her
LCSC recognizes the richness and diversity of
what the parishes offer. It is a rich banquet at the table.
However, the great majority of Catholics, who are lapsed,
are not aware of this, or not interested, or are already partaking
of much lesser feasts in the world or in other sects and cults.
LCSC focuses on the initial proclamation of the gospel, looking
to bring lapsed Catholics back to God and back to the Church.
Once there, they can partake of the banquet. The different
parish groups, programs, ministries, etc., can work together
in LCSC, which can be the thread that weaves unity in the
diversity of the parish.