Now is our chance to choose the right side. God is holding back to give us that chance. It won’t last forever. We must take it or leave it. – C.S. Lewis
Ok, I am going to say it before any ANONYMOUS does. YES, the video plays on our emotions and NO it may not help to pay our bills. But, as I said in the October 29th blog, sometimes we need to remind people of what the church means to us in order to move them to action. The video was created by concerned parishioners and please do not condemn them for being emotional about this issue...at least we know where there heart is.
I wish that I could have been at the meeting. I love the video. When I drove by St Vincent's today and looked at the beautiful stone building I about cried. I thought about the possibility of that beautiful church being gone. I thought about all of the memories I have in that church - masses, communions, weddings and even funerals. After watching the video I can only pray that someone will listen and help us to keep our beautiful church.
And I must ask... how will this save the church?
Oh Steven, and I must ask...why are you such a provocateur? Perhaps you are experiencing some type of emotional discomfort or dissonance from the video...
Dear Steven,You missed my remarks. The video alone will not pay the bills but it may ignite the dormant fire within the hearts of some parishioners and move them to action.Yours in Christ, Emily
For the people who did not attend today's meeting, you missed a great presentation filled with financial data and direct quotes from leadership. If you truly want to save St. Vincent's, contact SOP. Time is running out - don't let "someone else" do all the heavy lifting and then complain if things don't work out. For those who don't want to save St. Vincent's, don't you have anything better to do than read/post to a blog? Really, we're just a small number of people....
The video was the first part of a presentation that was much more than pure emotion. When one takes the time to see the whole presentation when it is put on the blog, one will understand. Church is about relationship, coming to know and love God and each other more closely. Love for most people involves emotion. Why should God or fellow parishioners be deprived of our emotion in loving any more than our partner or parent or loved one should be. Lasting love and relationship goes beyond a rational, heady, union. The initial video presentation did indeed strike an emotion for many,- joy and grief and happy memories. And the rest of the presentation of facts and figures and information also touched emotions, surprise, frustration, sadness, and a touch of hope and faith. If we are real honest with hourselves, emotion and fact and desire to give and have informs us in getting the bills paid, even church bills.
Steven, I will try to be brief. The video does tug on your emotions but FAITH is filled with emotion. Faith is what build SVdP and may just be what saves it. As both Emily and Evelyn say - emotion may not pay the bills but it can spur people into action.Our parish leaders keep saying it is a financial issue -- if it was truly a financial issue why not get on the pulpit and make an appeal. WHY....because they KNOW they would get all the money they ask for and then some. This is NOT A FINANCIAL ISSUE...this is a FAITH issue. If the above video was presented to the parish on August during mass rather than the other one...I could only imagine what could have happened. This is about Faith...Faith in God and faith in the laity of ASP. "If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you." (I think you know who said that.)God Bless.