After such a grotty post yesterday I thought, in the interest of balance, today should be about celebrating all that is good in the church. Because aside from this awful crisis in the Vatican, which must be dealt with to maintain credibility, there is so much to thank God for- though it rarely makes the news.
Did you know that each and every day the Catholic church:
Educates more people…
Provides hospital care for more people…..
Feeds more people…
Clothes more people….
Shelters more people…
Brings healing and forgiveness to more people….
Than any other organisation on the face of the earth. Within our 1.4 billion strong church the vast majority of bishops, priests and deacons are hard working and decent men who love the Lord and sacrifice much to build up God’s kingdom on earth. A great many lay people regularly give their time, resources and gifts to the service of the church and find meaning and purpose and guidance for life. We have a magnificent heritage and a firm deposit of faith that endures in all ages. We have some of the most beautiful buildings on earth and can be proud of our contribution to Western Society.
In our own parish in Pembury, looking only at the last fortnight, there has been a magnificent response to our emergency Kerala appeal and people are returning to the pews from holidays with smiles on faces and much good will.
All of which is to state that God is, as ever, active. He can be found in all churches where people worship with sincerity, in all the acts of kindness and love offered in his name each and every day. He is there amongst the poor and the suffering and there for all who call on his name. The faith has not changed and any who follow it authentically can and will find grace. There is much to be thankful for. We must never forget that.