"Perhaps the time has come to say farewell to the idea of traditionally Catholic cultures. Maybe we are facing a new and different kind of epoch in the Church’s history, where Christianity will again be characterized more by the mustard seed, where it will exist in small, seemingly insignificant groups that nonetheless live an intensive struggle against evil and bring the good into the world....
"The Church... will be less identified with the great societies, more a minority Church; she will live in small, vital circles of really convinced believers who live their faith. But precisely in this way she will, biblically speaking, become the salt of the earth again."
-- Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Salt of the Earth
Was this rational deduction, speculation, or prophesy, on the part of the future Pope Benedict XVI? Bishop Fellay has hinted at the last. Whatever the origin, it certainly was in the mind of the Pope at the beginning of his reign. And who knows what the Church will look like at the end of his life, the usual time when papal reigns end?
My family are blessed to be in a small, seemingly insignificant group of believers. I know that there are many readers also so blessed.
God bless all of the small, vital circles of really convinced believers who live their faith!