How Baffling You Are Oh Church!
How baffling you are oh Church. And yet how I love you!
How you have made me suffer. And yet how much I owe you!
I should like to see you destroyed. And yet I need your presence.
You have given me so much scandal. And yet you have made me understand
I have seen nothing in the world more devoted to obscurity, more compromised, more false. And I have touched nothing more pure, more generous, more beautiful.
How often I have wanted to shut the doors of my soul in your face. And how often I have prayed to die in the safety of your arms.
No, I cannot free myself form you, because I am you, although not completely. And where should I go?
(Taken from “The God Who Comes” by Carlo Carretto)
For Your Reflection:
What are your own love/hate feelings about the Catholic Church? Why would you want to leave it? And where would you go? Why do you stay? Share this with us.