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What good is the Church to us?

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 response.

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.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014
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Rafal Chylinski: 
		<p>Born near Buk in the Poznan region of Poland, Melchior showed early signs of religious devotion; family members nicknamed him "the little monk." After completing his studies at the Jesuit college in Poznan, Melchior joined the cavalry and was promoted to officer rank within three years.</p>
		<p>In 1715, against the urgings of his military comrades, Melchior joined the Conventual Franciscans in Krakow. Receiving the name Rafal, he was ordained two years later. After pastoral assignments in nine cities, he came to Lagiewniki (central Poland), where he spent the last 13 years of his life, except for 20 months ministering to flood and epidemic victims in Warsaw. In all these places, Rafal was known for his simple and candid sermons, for his generosity, as well as his ministry in the confessional. People of all levels of society were drawn to the self-sacrificing way he lived out his religious profession and priestly ministry. </p>
		<p>Rafal played the harp, lute, and mandolin to accompany liturgical hymns. In Lagiewniki he distributed food, supplies, and clothing to the poor. After his death, the Conventual church in that city became a place of pilgrimage for people throughout Poland. He was beatified in Warsaw in 1991.</p>
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