Excellent post by Deacon Kurt Godfryd titled, “On Failure and Showing Up, regarding his discussions with “practicing” Catholics while at the same time feeling no need to directly participate in the sacramental life of the Church. His fine examples of referring to the scriptural basis of historical religious figures Abraham, David, Moses and Peter who overcame their sordid and un-Godlike actions are great recommendations in discussing their roles in “ushering forth” God’s plan and how we all are part of God’s plan.
I often wonder why some folks equate their faith with clergy. The Church is full of sinners; that’s why we have the Church, yes? While attending Mass once or twice a year, each receives grace from the Holy Spirit; wouldn’t logic dictate that attending weekly, or daily, that grace is compounded? Faith is a mystery, a gift of grace from God – not based on the acts of various clergy. Being frustrated or even despaired by immoral acts by clergy is understandable. But leaving the Faith seems an easy escape and sets a poor example for family and community.
Come back – please come back. We promise you’ll be glad you did!