The fool asks 'What problem?', and plunges his head in the sand of denial. Burdened by fatigue and doubt, the jaded man asks 'What's the point of trying (to change things)?' A disciple of the Lord asks 'What can I do to help renew the Church?'
The answer to the last question is:
take up your cross and follow Jesus. Live the Faith by fasting and praying and serving Christ in all people. Know the content of the Faith and defend it by all just and charitable means.The disciple offers up his sufferings to Jesus Who unites them to Jesus' sacrifice. During the Mass, we have the perfect opportunity to offer our worries, joys and gratitude to Jesus. The Universal Prayer, sometimes called the Prayer of the Faithful, is an occasion to offer up our joys and sorrows, our needs and hopes.
In the silence of our hearts, we can say to Jesus when He becomes present on the altar during the Consecration—Lord, you know my heart. You know my needs. Take now all that I possess, all that I am. I believe; help my unbelief.
Having received Holy Communion, one might pray in addition to the prayer of Saint Ignatius of Loyola (the Anima Christi) words such as:
Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of the Body and Blood of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Look now upon Your humble servant and see only Jesus dwelling here under this roof. Grant me the grace to enter more deeply into His Passion and death so that, at the end of my days, I may enter into the glory of His resurrection. Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.
Let us recall that before things started to improve during the Counter Reformation, the tragedy of the Protestant Reformation occurred. Many were sorely tested by the decadence they witnessed among clergy and people. The reform began as most reforms have, i.e., with an honest intent to embrace truth and holiness. Soon, however, man's pride asserted itself and led well intentioned reformers into heresy and schism.
Can we say in our own day that the forces of decadence and obstinate pride are any less present in the Church, ripping at her flesh and distracting her from her God-given mission to save souls?
While Rome fiddles, the Americas burn. Rather, the Faith wanes among a people swayed by the truncated gospel promoted by sectarians and cultists. The void left by a so-called "liberation theology", better known as communist ideology dressed up in a chasuble, is being filled by an alien gospel.
Europe, too, burns. The firestorm burning there is one sweeping out of the desert, a fire than consumes limp societies that have abandoned the Church for inhuman ideologies which substitute man for God, relativism for reason, folly for faith. Europe's pleasant fiction has become its narcotic. Many bishops are compromised by the same drug, as we are seeing at Rome these days. To those addicted to the sweet smell of their own narcissistic inclinations, all is well.
Half the battle, so it is said, is recognizing that there is a problem: many limbs of the Church are diseased. Surgery is required with an intense follow-up of antibiotics.
God, the divine surgeon, will cut out the dead tissue. He gives grace to heal wounds. We are the patients (penitents). Will we submit to God our diseased body and trust in His saving message, or will we persist in buying the snake oil of new age religion and the false promise of peace through capitulation with an unredeemed world?
If we trust in God, there is hope.