"Revitalize." That is a word used by Pope Francis in reference to the church. Revitalize means to bring back to a healthy condition.
The pope talks about ministering to "wounded souls." I agree, but the wounded souls are all those who refuse to obey the disciplines of our great Judeo-Christian faith.
To me, revitalization is repentance and healing of all unholiness. It is redemption, transformation and revival.
The only way that early Christianity survived and grew was because the early Christians rejected the moral depravity of the Roman society. That took discipline and commitment to the holy laws of the new Judeo-Christian religion.
Recently, on a Christian television station, I saw a young priest who pleaded for revival. He anguished over the Legionaires. That was a call for repentance and revitalization (similar to Billy or Franklin Graham) but in black priestly garb.
As Pope Francis speaks, he caters to the secular culture and seems to disdain true repentance in his church. That is a great disservice to a great church.
Elaine Graham, Farmington