The Church has been under fierce attack in recent months with news of widespread sexual abuse by clergy and cover ups by the hierarchy, leading many people to become discouraged and critical of the Church. In this meditation we look at the situation with eyes of faith, considering how:
In the history of the Church there have been many crises, some of them much worse than the present one.
In the Last Supper Christ prayed that all might be one. He wants all in his Church to be united with the hierarchy and with one another. Sometimes this unity can be lacking. In this meditation we make use of the Catechism of the Catholic Churchand writings of the Fathers of the Church, to pray about:
The three bonds that unite all in the Church: our common faith, worship and government
Now that the conclave to elect a new Pope is drawing near and comments in the media abound presenting the Church and the conclave in purely secular, even political, terms, I offer this meditation on faith in the Church, to remind us what the Church really is and to increase our faith in her divine origin and mission. The meditation was given on 4 March 2013 to university students. Just click on the link below.