This article seeks to clarify five points – each of them combining reflections of principle with aspects of a more practical-pastoral kind – the implications of reading the ‘signs of the times’ for the life of the Church. As a point of departure we take the Church’s need to assume an attitude of permanently listening to the ‘Word of God’. Secondly, this believing sensibility is placed in the context of the indispensible incarnation of Christian existence. A reading of the ‘signs of the times’ is only possible in the recognition and promotion of the ‘sensus fidei’ of the members of the Church. As a consequence, what is involved here is the understanding and practice of the Church as a dialogical community, while interpellations emerge with the aim of bringing about paths to Christian and ecclesial conversion.