Father Raniero Cantalamessa usually has good messages for the pope, his hangers-on, and the world when snippets of his talks at the Vatican get released. I wonder if he really thinks Catholic evangelism is in any real danger of being too action-oriented:
The other (danger) is launching oneself in a feverish — and empty — human activism, which results in losing contact little by little with the source of the word and its effectiveness.
But imagine what would happen if a squad of firefighters runs so fast at the sound of an alarm to put out a fire, but once on the scene realizes that they have no tanks, not even a drop of water with them.
He’s right, clearly, that any minister needs to be rooted in prayer and contemplation and discernment. But the Catholic state of evangelical outreach has, for too long, been for the firefighters to stay in the station house, and hope the drought will break and God will let it rain on the fire to put it out.