Have I mentioned that in his introduction to the second volume of Jesus of Nazareth, the Holy Father speaks of the necessity of having “a personal relationship with Jesus”? Well, Sherry Waddell, the founder of the Catherine of Siena Institute and the Called and Gifted Program (run in the Melbourne Archdiocese by the Archbishops Office for Evangelisation), “gets it”. In a couple of posts on the Lineamenta for the 2012 Synod on the New Evangelisation (We Cannot Transmit A Relationship We Have Not Lived and “Transmitting or Informing”) she highlights statements from the Lineamenta:
Transmitting the faith means to create in every place and time the conditions for this personal encounter of individuals with Jesus Christ. . . This personal encounter allows individuals to share in the Son’s relationship with his Father and to experience the power of the Spirit. 
The transmission of the faith is a very complex, dynamic process which totally involves the faith of Christians and the life of the Church. What is not believed or lived cannot be transmitted. 
. . . the goal of the transmission of the faith is the realization of a personal encounter with Jesus Christ, in the Spirit, thereby leading to an experiencing of his Father and our Father.
Now she is on Vatican Radio spruiking these ideas in further depth. In this interview, she says:
The Lineamenta says that the faith has not been transmitted unless the person and the relationship at the centre of the faith has been transmitted. So I can’t evangelise unless I am a disciple. And so it’s very different than just transmitting some kind of cultural knowledge about the faith. We can educate people about what the Church says about, say, moral issues, or the history or life of the saints, or some of the practices that we have… But knowledge of the “Catholic thing of the week” is not transmitting the faith. And it’s not going to be the kind of faith that can stand up to the demands of the 21st Century, a very different world that a lot of people who received the faith in “Christendom”, like Europe or in generations gone by… Today it has to be lived, personal, because we absolutely have to have the power of the Holy Spirit and the transforming presence, that relationship with the Trinity, to communicate the faith in this generation…
Part of it is recognising that conversion is a very different experience for post-modern people than it has been in the past. It’s not just inculturating somebody, you’re not just “raised in the faith”. In the US you will re-choose your faith as a young adult. All the studies show us that people do not simply accept an inherited faith anymore. For many, many young adults, it is now a rite of passage to rethink this issue as a young adult and to choose a faith that “fits you”. I mean, that’s how they look at it. And so we have to understand that even if we raise our kids in the faith, they will probably revisit the whole issue again as young adults, it’s just what happens in their generation. And so this need to re-propose it in a living way is constantly there. And if we don’t, they tend to spin off into space. And we will lose them, and we ARE losing them. Certainly in the US, the vast majority of Millennial Catholics don’t even darken the door. They’re not practicing. We really are on the edge of a demographic precipice here.
And so we have to realise that this is a personal proposal of a relationship and the whole life in the Church and, you know, that goes with it. But we can’t if we don’t possess it ourselves. We can’t transmit it. One of the things we teach people to do is to hear and to recognise prediscipleship levels of spiritual development. Which are true works of grace, but they’re not yet discipleship, and most of the time we haven’t, we’ve wondered what was wrong. Well a lot of our people are essentially in earlier, essentially, passive levels or stages of spiritual development. And even though they show up at our parishes and they consider themselves to be Catholic, their Catholic identity, but the sort of relationship that the Lineamanta is talking about and the Synod is focusing on, is not yet there. But we have to understand, to be able to hear their story, where are they in their lived relationship with God, and then know how to respond in ways that are really helpful to help 21st Century people in our generation make the rest of the journey…
I would say that our single biggest delima and issue is our failure to make disciples. In our work, when we talk to leaders all over the world, when we ask them to estimate what percentage of the people in their parish are what we call “intentional disciples”, that is, conscious disciples of Jesus Christ, they always, the estimate we get back over and over again, is 5%. All the things we struggle with, vocations, catechesis, the inability to pass the faith on to our children, the implementation of the Church’s social teaching, all of that stems from that first hole or vacuum, which is the lack of discipleship which affects everything in parish life, in the parochial life of the Church, in our sense of mission, and in our effectiveness, you know, in our accomplishing the Church’s mission to the world, and if we don’t make disciples, we’re dead in the water, period. You’ve never gotten past first base, if you want to use baseball terminology. And that is what I would say. And we are on the edge of a demographic precipice. Millennials, people raised in post-modernity, it’s the air they breath. They will not accept an impersonal faith. Catholic identity as an answer is not enough for them, it will never be enough. And we have to go out, we can’t expect them to come to us, we have to go out to that generation, and propose a living faith that speaks to their felt needs and that transforms their lives and gives them a hope and a destiny that and a sense of purpose, both earthly and eternal, that transcends the things they are being offered out there. But that means that we have to have a missional mindset and we cannot expect them to come to us. They’re not coming to us, they’re just not. About 85% of the Millennial generation is already gone. And they will not be coming back to us, most of them, we will have to go out to them.
I expect we will hear much more about this, but I think she has put her finger on the problem in a way a lot of recent Australian and American studies into this question have not. Ie. the key to effective evangelisation and catechisation, the “silver bullet” for avoiding the “precipice” that she talks about, is what the Holy Father says is the one thing necessary: “a personal relationship with Jesus”, being, as I put it, “converted, convicted and committed disciples of the Lord.”