I believe that
religion is first and foremost about God…our worship of and relationship with God;
and then, also, about our relationship with our fellow human beings created by
As a Christian, I
believe that religion is also about Jesus Christ coming to our world to redeem
us and teach us, teaching us about our relationship to God..."Our Father,
who art in heaven"...and about our relationship to other people. "I
was hungry and you gave me food…"…(etc., and)…"…as you did it to one
of the least of these my brethren, you did it to Me." (Matthew 25:40)
As a Catholic, I
believe that God gave us the Church to help us with all of the above. I believe
the Mass and the Sacraments help me grow closer in my relationship to God; and
I believe the Church helps many people with food and other needs, and encourages
us to do so personally, as well. But...
administered by human beings and, as such, are subject, in their
humanity, to inhumanity. The sins which the Catholic Church (and other
churches) preach against are sometimes committed not only by churchgoers but
even by Church leaders (Catholic and others)…and sometimes, as we have been seeing, have even
been covered up by Church leaders. This is very wrong. I am so very sorry
for anyone affected by this. I can't even…there are not even enough words to express
my sorrow for those affected.
For me personally (and
I do speak as someone who has never been abused within the Church), I see the
Church as both Divine and human; and while I decry the sins and crimes of some
of its leaders, at the same time, I appreciate the blessings that come from the
rich liturgies of the Church, from those in the Church who are following their
vocation as they have been called to it, to minister to God's people in love
and in sacrifice, the blessings which come from those many who are not committing crimes against their fellow
I see some people
say, 'stop giving money to the diocese' – and while I understand where they might be coming from and I judge no one for that sentiment – for me personally, that would
mean two things, to give less to programs which help the needy (although one can
do that elsewhere, if they actually will or do, and I'm sure many do). And I see it as giving less to the support of seminaries
and other avenues of continuing the Mass and Sacraments. For those who have
given up on the Church, obviously they probably won't give money; but if I want to continue to attend Mass and receive
the Sacraments (and I do), then it seems to me that I will also want to continue to contribute to making that possible.
I also believe that
the number of priests who abuse their position is relatively few…relative to the total number of priests who serve; although I
fully acknowledge that even one would be too many. The numbers we have been hearing about in our recent past are way too many. I have seen the Church take steps in more recent years to change
this, and I hope it will continue this progress and - not slowly but - quickly and completely. I hope - and of course pray - it will move "full
forward" on vetting and accountability, and "full stop" on
tolerating abuse, crimes, and cover-ups.
As always, what I
have written is my opinion and my viewpoint, and does not necessarily represent
anyone else. What I have written is also
subject to my own humanity, and I may be saying too much for some and too little for others.
With a heavy heart,
but trusting in God's love, and in his healing for all those affected,
"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28 Sometimes we find Him at church and sometimes in the works of His creation, sometimes both at the same time. Be with us, Lord. Comfort us and strengthen us in the trials of this world and help us to comfort and strengthen others. Amen.
Why "Simple Faith"? Jesus said we should become as little children, and St. Therese reminded us of that, with her childlike faith. "Childlike" is not immature - not childish - but "simply trusting" in God, and in His goodness and love for us...for each and every one of us.
Why "Simple Life"? Because I strive for it, every day...not because I am "there". My life has never really been "simple", but it is my quest, and I invite you to share in my quest, as I keep striving to rest in what really matters most.
At my other blog, Simply Frugal Concepts, I focus on practical topics, such as de-cluttering, being prepared for emergencies, and cooking frugally.
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