It seems to me that the Pope is making a genuine effort to bring back people to the Church. Recently, he was seen wearing a more traditional pallium, as noted by Fr. Z. (http://wdtprs.com/blog/2008/06/hurray-a-return-to-an-older-style-papal-pallium/), and it seems to me that the wider usage of the Latin Mass will be a boon to the Church as a whole. Yet we haven’t seen anything yet and we must wait to see the results of all of this.
One of the things that surprised me yesterday was that I was introduced to a number of young people that are also discerning religious vocations or are well on the way to entering monasteries and convents. I have to say that the discernment process can be lonely and discouraging at times. After all, most of it is between you, God, and your spiritual director. Sometimes, you wonder if there is anybody that is on this same journey as you are and can understand what you are going through.
Yet meeting young people that are on fire for their faith and faithful to their vocations makes me extremely happy. It seems to me that this next generation of Catholics will do things that their parents and grandparents never imagined were possible. Yes, there are many things that need to be changed or fixed, but we must rejoice that there are young people out there who are still heeding the call and following Christ. If it be God’s will, things will turn around and they can, but we must continue to pray and sacrifice for vocations to the priesthood and the religious life because the Church needs them.