"...ALL ON EARTH THY SCEPTRE CLAIM....."
" Go therefore and make disciples of all nations...."( Matt. 28: 19)
|SAINT PETER'S BASILICA - THE PIAZZA |
THRONGED BY PEOPLE FROM AROUND THE GLOBE
"All on Earth Thy sceptre claim.." Well now, there is a bit of poetic license,for the sad truth is that after 2,000 years the Kingdom of God - the Catholic Church, accounts for only 16.76% of the world's population.
Or according to the CIA (!) 18.85% of the world's population with the Orthodox accounting for 4.96 % and all Protestants 9.41% ( including Anglicans at 1.26%).Of the remaining 66.62% of the world's population,22.74 % are said to be Mohammedans,0.22% Jewish and the remainder various Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs etc.
" 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”(Matt. 28:19)
There is a way to go yet. But for the whole of the post-Conciliar period the Father of Lies, propagating the false " spirit of the Council" - the " Council of the Media" as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has called it, has kept us contemplating our navel! Introspection! The Devil's work.
The areas of the world in which the Church is flourishing are Africa and Asia. The New Evangelisation has as one of its primary targets the re-kindling of the Faith in Europe where it is sclerotic.
Bishop Lucius Ugorji of Umuahia Nigeria
in Saint Stephen's Cathedral Brisbane
To quote Bishop Lucius Ugorji, Bishop of Umuahia, Nigeria , speaking recently in Saint Stephen's Cathedral Brisbane:
" The greatest work of Charity we can perform in the World is Evangelisation!" How very true - to bring the possibility of Eternal Life to those in darkness is a work beyond all others.
Bearing this in mind , and looking at the statistics above, I think it would not be inappropriate to quote Saint Paul , albeit out of context:
"Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation."