Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I just had coffee with a neighbor who is a grief counselor. John is what is commonly called a "recovering Catholic" which means he is still a member of the Church but he rejects many of their long standing ways and beliefs. I am not Catholic. But John does not think I am going to Hell because I do not believe in the same things he does. There are other things too, but that is not the focus of this post.
John writes prolifically and shares his poetry with anyone who is interested. He writes mostly about spirituality, his struggles, his disappointment with his Church, and his hope and joy at daily life. (For anyone interested in following his blog see: http://blogs.record-eagle.com/?cat=21 and his website: www.torchlake.com/poetman/ ) Over breakfast he told me he was on his way with his wife to his FIFTIETH College reunion and he would be having the opportunity at his alma mater to meet and talk with Father Donald Cozzens. Father Cozzens speaks up about what is wrong or missing with the Catholic Church and is well known for his writings on spirituality, very much like our friend, John. John gave me one of the Father's quotes over breakfast, and this is what I want to share with you on this post. This may not be verbatim but the gist is this:
"Unless you speak and write your truth you chip away at your own integrity."
wow. I was taken aback by the power of these words.
So here are two Catholics, one a priest, one a lay person who ministers to those who are grieving, who have similar paths. They love their church but see what needs to change. And they have the courage to speak up about their dissent, their beliefs, and yes, their love for their faith. They are both totally in their integrity, and both are wonderful role models for the rest of us.
I wanted to share this little piece with you because so much of our news is depressing. This little story lifts us up. And speaks volumes of wisdom in one sentence.
I hope this little sentence will help guide you in your daily life. Have a good weekend everyone. I am going to visit our children and grandchildren and will be back with you all next week!