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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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John of Capistrano: It has been said the Christian saints are the world’s greatest optimists. Not blind to the existence and consequences of evil, they base their confidence on the power of Christ’s redemption. The power of conversion through Christ extends not only to sinful people but also to calamitous events. 
<p>Imagine being born in the 14th century. One-third of the population and nearly 40 percent of the clergy were wiped out by the bubonic plague. The Western Schism split the Church with two or three claimants to the Holy See at one time. England and France were at war. The city-states of Italy were constantly in conflict. No wonder that gloom dominated the spirit of the culture and the times. </p><p>John Capistrano was born in 1386. His education was thorough. His talents and success were great. When he was 26 he was made governor of Perugia. Imprisoned after a battle against the Malatestas, he resolved to change his way of life completely. At the age of 30 he entered the Franciscan novitiate and was ordained a priest four years later. </p><p>His preaching attracted great throngs at a time of religious apathy and confusion. He and 12 Franciscan brethren were received in the countries of central Europe as angels of God. They were instrumental in reviving a dying faith and devotion. </p><p>The Franciscan Order itself was in turmoil over the interpretation and observance of the Rule of St. Francis. Through John’s tireless efforts and his expertise in law, the heretical Fraticelli were suppressed and the "Spirituals" were freed from interference in their stricter observance. </p><p>He helped bring about a reunion with the Greek and Armenian Churches, unfortunately only a brief arrangement. </p><p>When the Turks captured Constantinople in 1453, he was commissioned to preach a crusade for the defense of Europe. Gaining little response in Bavaria and Austria, he decided to concentrate his efforts in Hungary. He led the army to Belgrade. Under the great General John Hunyadi, they gained an overwhelming victory, and the siege of Belgrade was lifted. Worn out by his superhuman efforts, Capistrano was an easy prey to an infection after the battle. He died October 23, 1456.</p> American Catholic Blog When we are linked by the power of prayer, we as it were, hold each other’s hand as we walk side by side along a slippery path; and thus by the bounteous disposition of charity, it comes about that the harder each one leans on the other, the more firmly we are riveted together in brotherly love. —St. Gregory the Great

 
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