on the essence of true reform

What is great and liberating about the Church is not something self-made but the gift that is given to us all. The gift is not the product of our own will and invention but precedes us and comes to meet us as the incomprehensible reality that is “greater than our heart” (1 Jn 3:20). The reform that is needed at all times does not consist in constantly remodelling “our” Church according to our taste, or in inventing her ourselves, but in ceaselessly clearing away our subsidiary constructions to let in the pure light that comes from above and that is also the dawning of pure freedom.

– Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Called to Communion: Understanding the Church Today

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