More from Pope Francis and his address to his brother bishops of Latin America.
One more thing: in this sense, hope must always look at the world with the eyes of the poor and from the situation of the poor. Hope is poor, like the grain of wheat that dies (cf. Jn 12:24), yet has the power to make God’s plans take root and spread.
A caution for the comfortable:
Wealth, and the sense of self-sufficiency it brings, frequently blind us to both the reality of the desert and the oases hidden therein. It offers textbook answers and repeats platitudes; it babbles about its own empty ideas and concerns, without even coming close to reality. I am certain that in this difficult and confused, yet provisional moment that we are experiencing, we will find the solutions to the complex problems we face in that Christian simplicity hidden to the powerful yet revealed to the lowly. The simplicity of straightforward faith in the risen Lord, the warmth of communion with him, fraternity, generosity, and the concrete solidarity that likewise wells up from our friendship with him.
Wealthy, self-sufficient churches often have a sense of entitlement. They feel little urgency to address problems that can be ignored, wished away, or bought off. A whole host of problems accompanies this self-sufficiency: exaggerated traditionalism, arrogance, no felt need to evangelize, Christian disunity, clericalism, corruption, secrecy, conspiracy. The noted flaws of post-Reformation Catholicism, in other words.