New Springtime
  • Welcome to New Springtime Community

Please note that, with effect from 1st October 2015 our group will no longer meet at Marianella. From that date we will meet each Thursday at Mary Aikenhead Centre, Sisters of Charity, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.


The members of the New Springtime Community warmly welcome you to our website. You may be interested to know what inspired our name.
 

Pope Benedict XVI said in 2008;

“We can and must believe, with the late Pope John Paul II that God is preparing a new springtime for Christianity.”

Like his predecessor, Benedict believes that this renewal of Christianity can only be brought about by a new evangelisation, i.e. by sharing the basic teachings of Christianity, which focus on the person and saving work of Jesus.

As Benedict has reminded us;

“Many people perceive Christianity as something institutional – rather than as an encounter with Christ… Christianity is not a new philosophy or new morality. We are Christians only if we encounter Christ… Only in this personal relationship with Christ, only in this encounter with the Risen One do we really become Christians.”

The notion of a new springtime has biblical roots of a paradoxical kind. The Jews planted their seed in the autumn when the early rains fell, and they harvested their crops in the springtime following the later rain.

So the new springtime is the time when souls are harvested for God by means of a new evangelisation, principally of the un-churched and unbelievers.