I saw a piece at the Daily Mail with beautifully horrible photos of wrecked and run-down church in Philadelphia. HERE
Here is one of them.
No, this isn’t a war zone (technically, at least).
First, Our Lord promised that, in the end, Hell wouldn’t prevail against His Church. He didn’t say anything about Hell not prevailing in Philadelphia… or where you live.
Second, if you want your parish, you can keep your parish. Gosh, in the wake of the “Affordable Care Act”, that sounds a little ominous, doesn’t it. The point is that parishes have bills to pay and parishes need priests. If you don’t pay the bills and if you don’t provide solid vocations to the priesthood through prayer, promotion and sacrifice, this is what happens. That means that you, dear readers, must with joy support interest in a vocation to the priesthood in your families. It also means that you should also provide feedback and support for formation for priests. Lousy priests can equate to everything from emptying pews to emptying coffers. Be engaged.
So, photos like these can also underscore the creative destruction that takes place from time to time everywhere. Sometimes things break down. Then something new is rebuilt.
But none of what you want and need as Catholics is free. You can and must (it is a precept of the Church) contribute by your time, your talents and your treasure.
If you don’t contribute, you are part of the problem.