Celebrating Mass on February 2 for the World Day for Consecrated Life, Pope Francis warned religious against the “temptation of survival”—a tendency to retrench rather than bearing prophetic witness.
“An evil that can gradually take root within us and within our communities. The mentality of survival makes us reactionaries, fearful, slowly and silently shutting ourselves up in our houses and in our own preconceived notions. It makes us look back, to the glory days – days that are past – and rather than rekindling the prophetic creativity born of our founders’ dreams, it looks for shortcuts in order to evade the challenges knocking on our doors today.”
This has a lot of wisdom to it. I think many parishes could benefit from considering the same thought.