Thursday, November 15, 2007

For the discouraged Catholic

The following is from Romano Guardini. It speaks eloquently to anyone who feels he's being discouraged by his priest, bishop, or other Christians from witnessing to and loving the Gospel of Christ.

"The individual bears the Church in his faith, both her power and her weight. . . . She bears him and weighs him down. Her life nourishes him. Her immensity humbles him. Her breadth enlarges him. Her wisdom gives him a rule of life. . . . Her formalism blocks him; her coldness hardens him; and whatever is violent, selfish, hard, or vulgar about the Church has an influence on the faith of the individual, so that he sometimes seems obliged to sustain the cause of God, not only in the darkness of the world, but also in that of the Church."

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