How many leave the faith because they hold it to the standard of their fellow worshipers holiness? Yet, people will always disappoint you...at some point. We all fall short. We fail because we're sinful, all of us. Singularly, we're not worthy to worship. But the Church....Christ's Church...the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. No matter what we do to tarnish it, Holy Mother Church is, as Mother Angelica once wrote, "the Bride of Christ the Mother from whose womb of grace each of us was born to a new life a life of Sonship....When we hate her we only hate ourselves for we are part of her Body and Jesus is our Head. To alienate ourselves from Him and His Bride is to cut ourselves off from the Vine."
My wise and caring Pastor had words today, for such a situation...
"When such disappointments strike the household of faith, they remind us of our ongoing need for God and his mercy. Too many people use sin and human failure in the Church as an excuse to commit spiritual suicide, to write off the importance of faith. Our reaction should be the opposite, for we all stand together in need of God’s grace and forgiveness. Our thanksgiving is first and foremost for the gift of God’s mercy."
When you are brought down...look up.