I have been thinking about tests a lot this week. It may be because I had two major tests in Spanish and Math at college this week. Or it may be the great test our nation is undergoing right now. I believe we are being tested in ways that we do not fully understand or appreciate right now.
The Rev. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a martyr for the faith during the Nazi oppression of Europe, had a quote that sums up how I feel about our nation right now: “The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.” Given the event of the last few years, I have to question how we as a society will fair in this test.
I sadly suspect we will fail unless more good people are willing to stand up to the darkness that is invading every part of our lives. We are called to love one another even when we disagree. Forgiveness is to flow freely from our hearts. And grace is to be given without condition. This is why we offer an open communion at Saint Francis.
It is also why we believe that our faith is not merely a spectator sport either. Another great quote from Rev. Bonhoeffer is, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” When we refuse to act, we allow the darkness to take over. We allow ourselves to become callous to the change needed in our hearts. And out of that grows a darkness that breeds hatred, bigotry, and violence.
We as a church can no longer remain silent. Being part of a community means speaking up for all our beloved in the community, especially those in most need of our support and care. Community means helping even when it is not convenient. And so we work to make our community a better place.
You can help us too!
Saint Francis can be a home for you too. We are working to build something different, something that is radically inclusive and welcoming. Saint Francis is a place where we work to support one another, without judgment, and to help the community around us. We understand that you may have been hurt by other churches. Most of us have been. And now we work to bind up those wounds and help others do the same.
Won’t you join us this Sunday and discover a different way to be Catholic?