Monday, February 21, 2011
Thirty Pieces of Silver
When you trash the blood, sweat and tears of previous generations who built that church – who loved their community enough to provide an oasis of hope and help in their small corner of the world—you limit what the present and future children and grandchildren of that first generation can do in that neighborhood.
When you say a neighborhood Catholic church isn’t needed, you diminish the impact of a sacramental people on those who live near and/or attend that church. You belittle the dignity of those who cannot easily attend church elsewhere, who have supported that church in good times and bad. You belittle the unique character of that neighborhood church and the community family that was formed by that church’s presence. You limit the positive interactions between the church community and the neighborhood.
When you put ‘social justice’ ahead of the salvific nature of a Catholic church, you practically proclaim man to be a soulless animal, for you have plainly chosen the comfort of the body over eternal salvation. The destruction of an active Catholic church in order to build low-cost housing is the triumph of a secular political philosophy over the transcendent truth of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross.
When you say that present troubles justify destroying God’s house, you deny God’s people the opportunity to come together and rise above the troubles. What did Peter say? "Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk." (Acts 3:6)
Posted by Gretchen at 11:46 AM