“The church is undergoing difficult times. You will hear about priests and nuns who abandon their vocations, about families that are broken. Do not forget that there are thousands of faithful priests, nuns and families.”
This assertion, made by Mother Teresa in 1987, really rings true in the mean time, because of with sex-abuse scandals dominating the knowledge, we’d overlook reliable Catholics who carry out Christ’s work on the earth.
On a present go to to my sister in Wichita, we had been lunching alongside along with her mates — non-Catholics — and I cringed inwardly when the dialog turned to religion — anticipating the abuse crisis to rear its ugly head.
Instead, the oldsters throughout the desk began praising the church for its good works.
My sister talked a couple of lady who couldn’t pay her rent, so she utilized to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, which promptly fixed the matter. “And she wasn’t even Catholic,” my sister added.
Someone else spoke enthusiastically in regards to the Lord’s Table, a ministry of the Wichita diocese, which serves supper to the poor with the help of volunteers from all religions.
Please don’t misunderstand me — I’m terribly disheartened in regards to the tragic mess the church is in, nonetheless I nonetheless uncover solace inside the good works unusual people do quietly every single day.
As Jacques Philippe notes, “Evil is only overcome by good, and we can only put a stop to the spread of sin by fervor, joy and hope, doing all the good we can today without worrying about tomorrow.”
Priests, deacons and lay ministers put these phrases into comply with by visiting homebound and hospitalized people to offer them Holy Communion.
Parishioners routinely make snack baggage for the homeless, go to prisoners, educate Bible study and volunteer with Habitat for Humanity.
Then there’s Birthright Atlanta, a pro-life group that helps pregnant ladies maintain their infants and ministers to the family after the start — as expressed inside the pretty motto, “We love them both.”
Many parishioners generously give money and volunteer time for this group started by Louise Summerhill, a Catholic mother.
Our metropolis has an necessary blessing inside the Gift of Grace Home on St. Charles Avenue, the place Mother Teresa’s nuns care for girls affected by AIDS.
In southwest Atlanta, the Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne tenderly minister to most cancers victims at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Home.
Sisters of the Visitation of Holy Mary lead a contemplative, humble life in a cloistered monastery an hour’s drive from Atlanta, praying for the salvation of all people and for world peace, and welcoming prayer requests from the group.
At the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, the monks adjust to the rule of St. Benedict, combining prayer and work every single day, and welcoming people from all faiths to guided and silent retreats.
It’s tragic that the church is affected by a sickness of abuse and cover-ups — and heart-breaking what variety of innocents have been emotionally scarred for all instances.
Christ obtained right here proper right into a world that rejected him because of it hottest the darkness — and sadly, some people, who title themselves his followers, keep inside the shadows in the mean time.
Still, quite a few numbers of the reliable flood the world with light, as they feed the hungry, go to the lonely, comfort the ailing and soothe the broken-hearted.
Upon founding the church, Christ promised evil wouldn’t overcome it, which suggests the devil’s devious efforts to destroy it would fail.
He moreover talked about one factor that rings very true for Catholics in the mean time: “In this world you will have tribulation. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Lorraine has written eight books, along with “The Abbess of Andalusia,” a biography of Flannery O’Connor. Her piece of email cope with is firstname.lastname@example.org.