If faith is a bridge from where we are now to where God desires us to be, then the flowing turbulent waters below that bridge must be the flooding onslaught of the tsunami of sin that runs rampant throughout our world.
A drop of prejudice, a drip of pride, a sprinkle of hatred, a creek of apathy, a river of silence, the Delta of relativism, which then slowly but certainly reaches an Ocean of change. Change for the better or worse?
By now we all know what transpired on August 16, 2018, when the Office of Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania released the Report I of the 40th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury.
I ran across a blog at The Deacon’s Bench. What really struck me was the title of the homily or blog; “A terrible week to be Catholic…”. I took the time to read and digest it. You know me, I just couldn’t take it. A terrible week to be Catholic? I am not criticizing Deacon Greg, nor his article, because I understand the gist of it. It just got me to thinking and these are my thoughts, again not in any way criticizing him or his great work.
Let’s take a look at just a few things in the history of the Church;
Terrible time to be a Catholic
He spoke about the faith of some of the old Saint’s that many of us know about, St. Vincent de Paul and Bernadette of Lourdes, and others who were caught in the reign of terror in the 18th Century, the Nazi Concentration camps, and these were all horrible occurrences, but was it a ‘Terrible time to be a Catholic’?
What about when the Catholic Church owned slaves when the Catholic Church denied a
man to the Priesthood simply because of the color of his skin and had to be ordained in Rome? Was this a terrible time to be a Catholic?
What about when only the “Sisters of Selma”; a handful of brave Catholic Nuns who marched with thousands of others across
the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama in the 1960’s, no one else in the Catholic Church would speak out and BE a witness against racism, yet they bore witness for change. Was this a terrible time to be a Catholic?
Fr. Augustus Tolton, DID something about it; These Sisters, 5 white, and one black DID something about it. The Catholic Church after many years of silence, finally DID something about it. They all built a Dam and said, NO MORE!
Watch this… according to Wikipedia the purpose of a dam is “A dam can also be used to collect water or for storage of water which can be evenly distributed between locations. Dams generally serve the primary purpose of retaining water, while other structures such as floodgates or levees…” ~ Wikipedia
What are we the laity going to do about it? Most will sit back, in apathy, and wait for a response. We are the Body of Christ. We must act as a DAM for these horrible works.
What about this DAM
A Dam collects water. We must go out and be true Disciples of Christ. It is our job, our duty to go out and collect souls for Christ. Those who are the least lost and most abandoned. We must be ‘available’ for those who are hurt, to come and say, “I am here for you.”
Secondly, we must become storage. We go out and collect those who are in need and we bring them to the storage facility of love; a holding tank for mercy; a warehouse of forgiveness, which is the church. We must ensure that the physical church buildings are filled with true models of mercy for those who are seeking it.
Thirdly, love, mercy, and forgiveness must be evenly distributed amongst everyone. No matter who they are, what their personality is, or where they are from. “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son…” John 3:16, God loved and He gave. Jesus stretched out His arms and was crucified for ALL people. You and I, the victims of these horrible crimes and yes, He even did it for those who perpetrated these horrendous and heinous crimes, against the most vulnerable of all. So as God loved and Gave, so must we who love God, must give, give all that we are to others.
We must build a DAM to change who we are. We must experience a daily conversion of heart, for we all fall short of God’s Mercy, but it is through His Grace that we have been given another chance. Once we, the laity, understand that it is our job to go and make a difference in this world; it is our job to go and be Disciples of Christ; it is our job to BE CHRIST in this World, then and only then can we unleash the Floodgate of Wisdom, Understanding, and Mercy. The Floodgate of Counsel, Piety and recognizing the TRUE AWESOMENESS OF GOD! Once the Floodgate of the Holy Spirit is released, then and only then can we truly make and be a difference in this world.
A Bad Week to be a Catholic… NOT
No, this was not a bad week to be a Catholic. It was a week of relief for those innocent victims whose voices have gone unheard for several decades; it was a week of vindication for those who have been called liars for decades; it was a week of Divine Understanding for those who have been misunderstood for decades because of something evil that was done to them. A bad week to be Catholic… I say NO! God turned a block into a Stepping Stone. He was the Voice for the Voiceless; the Truth for those who have lived decades in the darkness of lies.
Truth WILL set you Free
John 8:32: “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” It took decades for some, but the TRUTH has finally set them free. This is a message of endurance, faith, trust in God and not in man. We must continue to hold our Priests and Bishops accountable but we must never forget about those 10’s of thousands of Priests and Bishops who have continually tried and done the right thing. Talk to your Priest and say “Thank you, Father, for being a Shepherd”; Thank you, Bishop, for your Ministry and Sacrifice.
I’ve had some good days
I’ve had some hills to climb
I’ve had some weary days
And some sleepless nights
But when I look around
And I think things over
All of my good days
Out-weigh my bad days
I won’t complain
Yes, we as a Church have had some good days, some bad days and we have had a lot of hills to climb, and this is yet another hill; but if the mountain was smooth, you couldn’t climb it! (think about that).
A drop of reconciliation, a drip of forgiveness, a sprinkle of love, a creek of empathy, a river of voices of love, singing into the Delta of the absolutism of the Power of God, which then slowly but certainly reaches an Ocean of change. Change for the better or worse? DAM IT, right now!
May the Road rise to meet you and always, Keep on Keepin’ on!
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