Vatican City, Oct 11, 2012 / 01:02 am
Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams addressed the synod of Catholic bishops on the New Evangelization about the importance of contemplation for reaching people in a post-Christian world.
"To be contemplative as Christ is contemplative is to be open to all the fullness that the Father wishes to pour into our hearts," the archbishop said Oct. 10. "With our minds made still and ready to receive, with our self-generated fantasies about God and ourselves reduced to silence, we are at last at the point where we may begin to grow."
He urged Christians to show to the world "the face of a humanity in endless growth towards love" and a humanity "so delighted and engaged" by the glory of God, stressing its importance for evangelization.
The Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization is meeting at the Vatican over the next three weeks to consider how to evangelize the contemporary world, especially those who are baptized but have drifted away from the Church.