Fr. Tim's Letter - September 16, 2018

Abandoned Church by Philip Brookes courtesy of Flickr.jpg

From Italian writer, Carlo Carretto (+1988), via Father Ron Rolheiser, OMI, through the kindness of 2 parishioners, regarding these days in the Church...allowing ourselves a “love/hate relationship” with the Church, as Norbertine Father John Bostwick would say...

 “How much I must criticize you, my Church; and yet how much I love you!

How you have made me suffer much; and yet I owe so much to you.

I should like to see you destroyed; and yet I need your presence. 

You have given me much scandal; and yet you alone have made me understand holiness.

Never in this world have I seen anything more obscuring, more compromised, more false; and yet never in this world have I touched anything more pure, more generous, and more beautiful.

Many times I have felt like slamming the door of my soul in your face; and yet how often I have prayed that I might die in your sure arms!

No, I cannot be free of you, for I am one with you, even though not completely you.

Then, too – where would I go?                          

To build another Church?

But I cannot build another without the same defects, for they are my own defects I bear within me. 

And again, if I build one, it will be my Church, and no longer Christ’s.

No, I am old enough to know that I am no better than others.

I shall not leave this Church, founded on so frail a rock, because I should be founding another one on an even frailer rock: myself.

And then, what do rocks matter?

What matters is Christ’s promise; what matters is the cement that binds the rocks into one: the Holy Spirit. 

The Holy Spirit alone can build the Church with stones as ill-hewn as we.

The Church - “God bless us...EVERY one”!