I was struck by an observation made by Fr. Andrew Burnham that everyone in the Ordinariate is being humbled in order to serve. Bishops become priests, priests become laity for a period , laity enter into a Eucharistic fast and voluntarily accept a reduced status as they begin life in their new church. And the cutting back does not stop there. Many clergy families will move from large expensive properties to small modest houses. Parishes will vacate treasured churches and leave all their posessions behind. There is a process of reduction going on that will cause the cynic to snear but to those with eyes of faith it says something else entirely.
Indeed this joyfully surrendering of worldly posessions serves as a witness to others. S. Francis said that there was no point walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching. I see something of that in the formation process thus far.
I delight in the willingness being shown by so many to sacrifice and be humbled for the sake of the Gospel. It is as if a great spiritual pruning takes place. As if God is cutting us back in preparation for a growth and renewal. We become less in order that He might be more. How wonderful and how very Christian. It stands in the tradition of the Saints and is a witness in this decadent world of simplicity, obedience and grace.