Recently, in reading Teilhard de Chardin, I got to thinking more seriously about his notion of the evolution of the spirit and it began to make clearer sense to me. In 1929, he wrote about the church’s failure to keep in touch with the spiritual evolution of man. This was 30 years before Vatican II. What is it, if not the evolution of the world itself - scientifically, intellectually, spiritually - that causes this?
Your message to the Jewish world, and thence to the rest of the world in Your own time on earth was a radical departure from the entrenched traditions of Judaism. It was timely. You left Your church to us to keep it timely and meaningful.
I often have a hard time with the parochial attitudes of the clergy regarding a hierarchy that clings to traditions past due renovation. To be the tool You left us to reach union with You, the church must meet the spiritual needs of man in the present, and that doesn’t seem to be happening despite good intentions. Patience is a difficult virtue.