Her question was blunt: "What good is the Church to us?" I flinched but
another teen answered without skipping a beat, "It's community. Like when you're
in trouble, it's where you can be and be safe." This seemed to me a very Catholic
Life is better when it is shared. As the Bible puts it, "It is not good for
the man [or the woman] to be alone" (Genesis 2:18). What goes for life in general
also goes for our life of faith.
You need someone to stand by you in the difficult moments when you doubt. You
need people to support you but also to challenge you to be better and brighter
and more faithful. Somebody has to be there to teach and guide when you have
questions and are seeking. Somebody has to pass on the faith.
Most people have not seen God. Just about the closest you can get is seeing
God in other people. When a friend puts her hand on your shoulder, when a teacher
challenges you to be more than you thought you could be, this is God at work
through them. When a priest in confession tells you that awful thing you did
is forgiven, when someone in your youth group tells you that you are loved,
that is God's word being spoken by members of the Church.