What the Pope has at heart, therefore, is mission. “The New Evangelization is a renewed movement toward those who have lost the faith and a sense of the deep meaning of life. This dynamism is part of Christ’s great mission to bring life to the world, to bring the Father’s love to mankind. The Son of God “went forth” from His divine condition and came to meet us. The Church abides within this movement; every Christian is called to go out to meet others, to dialogue with those who do not think as we do, with those who have another faith or who have no faith. To encounter all, because what we all share in common is that we were created in the image and likeness of God. We can go out to everyone without fear and without renouncing our membership in the Church.” Pope Francis quoted in the Spiritual Exercises of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, Fr. Julián Carrón
What a shy child I was! I was always hiding - even when I was all alone, I would climb under a table, behind the bed, into the crack between the sofa and the wall. Once I made a friend, though, I could allow myself to be a little more exposed, but two friends - even two good friends - or more would send me back to my hiding places: as I grew older, I carried these hiding places inside of me and I would retreat there and allow a persona or avatar or myself to jump into conversations and even sometimes become the life of the party. But I would be tucked deep inside. And it is this particular 'I' - the truth about myself and about my needs and desires that always remained hidden - precisely this 'I' that must go out to meet others if Christ is to be known. This is because Christ only enters reality. By "only" I mean, he wants nothing to do with our personas and avatars, with our fantasies and our projects. Christ exists in reality, reality of what is, and the reality of who each on of us is. Christ is present wherever two or more "gather in His name", and one of His ineffable names is Reality. When the reality of who I am meets the reality of who you are, then Christ is present. To go forth, to go out can mean simply staying physically in place and speaking the truth. Not just any truth - though even 2+2=4 has great power - but the truth about myself, the real truth about myself: that my desires can sometimes bewilder me with their force, that I fail over and over to do simple things that are worthwhile, that my need is so great that it would be honest to say that I am, fundamentally, need. When I am honest about my need, without the impertinence and the violent presumption of imagining that the other person was put on this planet to fulfill my need, when I am present as I really am, as need, with another who is also unafraid to be present as herself, then Christ makes Himself at home in us. This "image and likeness of God" is Infinity: God's Infinite substance and my own Infinite lack.