I am hanging in there within the community of faith; I am going nowhere.
In all that is happening, my firm belief is that God is bringing light from darkness!
I find the wise, humble words of Italian mystic, Carlo Carretto, a support:
“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 would 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 what sanctity is.
I have seen nothing in the world more devoted to obscurity, more compromised,
and yet 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."