Seeds of Faith

“Why do you not leave the Catholic church?”

At this debilitating and demoralizing time within our church, I decided to take a small survey on why some people choose NOT to leave the Church, why they don’t do as so many refugees do as they run away from what is harmful, abusive and a tremendous challenge to their very lives and faith! Here are some of their answers:

  • “Like Peter, I respond, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.'”
  • “Even when our favorite pastor got into abusive relationships, I never even thought of giving up my faith! I’m not tied to an individual; I believe in God.”
  • “I believe in Pope Francis and broke into tears when the election returns were announced five years ago. The Spirit was in that election, and is in him!”
  • “I love the church; this is my home; this is where I was nurtured!”
  • “I believe there is a Higher Power who will sustain us.”
  • “I don’t put my faith in anyone except God. We all fail; God doesn’t.”

Are you able to make a decision like these persons have made? Are you standing firm? This summer, on our small veranda where the “floor” is made of cement bricks, I felt myself confirmed in hope! There were eight or nine seeds of one kind or another that found their way up through the narrow openings between the bricks! Would you believe that the floor began to sprout? Even a Canadian thistle! Somehow, perhaps metaphorically, these seedlings were the message: LIFE finds a way! For weeks, I had waited until the tiny seedlings began to grow and blossom! The promise of Christ to be with us til the end of time gives me life and hope! “I believe, Lord, help thou by unbelief!”

Renée Domeier, OSB