.- In a recent letter marking the feast of Our Lady of Victory, Patroness of the diocese, Bishop Antonio Dorado Soto of Malaga said todayâs society has gone from âa believing culture to a culture of silence with respect to God, from a Christian world to a pagan world with no reference to the Gospel.â
âWe have fallen into a culture of âreligious indifferenceâ in which many people, although they call themselves Christians, live as if God did not exist, because He has no influence on their personal, family, professional and social lives,â the bishop said. âPopular religiosity, which has its roots in the Gospel, coexists today with the dominant lifestyles, which in many aspects are neo-pagan,â he continued.
In his letter, Bishop Dorado said that God, âmanâs creator and friend, is viewed by many as the great enemy of humanity and of progress, or as something meaningless that can or should be disregarded.â
âThe greatest need of the Church in our times,â he went on, âis her own evangelization: to strengthen the faith of Christians, reinitiate in the faith those who are non-practicing and propose the faith to non-believers.â
Therefore, âone of her principle tasks consists in proclaiming the Gospel to those who, baptized in their infancy and subjected to the evolution of society and the crisis of personal growth, need to reawaken the faith and apply it to concrete situations in their lives, in order to live the faith like Mary.â
âOur Lady of Victory constitutes a splendid example of faith that is alive and lived out,â the bishop said. For this reason, âwe must imitate Mary, the faithful Virgin, the woman who believed,â he said in conclusion.