Monday, May 14, 2007

Why, With God's Help, I Will Live and Die a Catholic

A Quote from Walter Burghardt, S.J in Tell the Next Generation:

In the course of half a century, I have seen more Catholic corruption than you have read of. I have tasted it. I have been reasonably corrupt myself. And yet I joy in this Church—this living, pulsing, sinning people of God, love it with a crucifying passion. Why? For all the Catholic hate, I experience here a community of love. For all the institutional idiocy, I find here a tradition of reason. For all the individual repressions, I breathe here an air of freedom. For all the fear of sex, I discover here the redemption of my body. In an age so inhuman, I touch here the tears of compassion. In a world so grim and humorless, I share here rich joy and laughter. In the midst of death I hear an incomparable stress on life. For all the apparent absence of God, I sense here the real presence of Christ.

Angelmeg's comment: I have been hurt by the self righteous and the well meaning and those who had no idea that their actions were hurting me. I have left in disgust because I didn't like what I thought the Church had become, and each time I come back because it is only in this community of faith that I am uniquely and completely the person that God created me to be.

h/t to Deacon John for the quote.


1 comment:

Suzanne said...

Amen, Sista! I love this! It is so true...its just how I feel in so many ways too. Suz