March 27, 2009

Connections

I think all of us have connections of some kind, whether personal, professional, friendly, family, a favorite restaurant, your parish, your city, your neighborhood.

What does it mean to be connected?

I see connection as an attraction, something compels you to go back or go to the thing, person or place. It could be love, it could be tradition, it could be enjoyment.

Often, we hear or read people say "I have a connection to the church"

Is connection a strong enough word in that instance?

Is it connection if the terms of the connection are one sided? If you are the sole definer of the connection is that a relationship? Is your connection is self-defined is that always connection or habit?

I've read people who say they are compelled to change the church because they are unsatisfied with it. They remain because they have a "connection". They will not leave because they have a "connection"

How much of a "connection" can there be if you deny or refuse most or all or even any of the Church's teachings? Is that "connection" or pride or stubberness-both? I'm never going to "cave in" to the Church's demands. I want them to change to suit me. I have this connection.

Maybe YOU have a connection but what about the rest of us?

Maybe you feel this connection to the Church that compels you to remain. Maybe you have a connection to a few like minded parishioners. But, what about the rest of us? Those of us who are totally connected to the Church, the Body - because we have given ourselves fully to it. We believe it all and we try to live it. How can you be connected to us-the Body of Christ? How can we all be "connected" when some of us are seperated? Some of us are present in body but their hearts are far, far away.

4 Comments:

Blogger Adoro said...

Great post.

I have a "connection" to St. Padre Pio through a great uncle's friendship...but does it affect me personally?

No. That's not a real connection at all. It doesn't make me an authority. I have no claim on the Saint or the friendship or anything.

Same kind of thing.

Saying you have a connection is basically the same thing as saying you can pick up the phone an order pizza.

I guess I have a connection to Dominoes and Papa John's, when it's convenient and I'm too lazy to cook for myself.

March 27, 2009 10:42 PM  
Blogger Argent said...

Hey, I have a 'connection' with Padre Pio, too! ;)

A priest friend who had a professor in Rome who one time served as Padre Pio's altar server at Mass.

Does that count?

Soon, we'll have a Six Degrees of Separation with the saint.

You do bring up a point about the shallowness of this. To become children of God, we have to embrace what that all means, the compelling desire to conform ourselves to the image of Christ. The Divine Life that is poured into us through Grace unmerited is the true connection, the lifeline, more accurately, that keeps us grounded in Reality.

So we are able to submit in loving obedience to the Church because we know that the Author of our Salvation has ordained that we should for our own path to glory.

If we're 'connected' by habit or because of some wrong-headed desire to change the Church for the better, we miss out on the transformative power of truly living out what it means to be Catholic.

Seriously, why settle for Catholic Lite?

March 28, 2009 8:34 AM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...

Good one, JCM!

One of the usual suspects, probably Bayly, recently stated that he preferred to stay "in the Church" because conservatives are trying to steal it from him.

Now there's an interesting connection!

March 28, 2009 8:15 PM  
Blogger Angela M. said...

Hey! I have a connection to Padre Pio too! I watched a movie about him last night!

March 30, 2009 11:05 AM  

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