Playing the Long Game Day by Day

As a church we are very good a building hard, physical institutional infrastructure. As faithful communities have for generations built parish churches, presbyteries and parish halls etc sometimes with the sweat and toil of  individual parishioners.

We established schools building them to high standards and rightly so. We build hospitals and hospices, age care facilities, seminaries,  refuges.  We do this because we know they are important to our mission.

We are very good at physical institutional infrastructure, but for decades we have neglected the core of our non‐physical institutional infrastructure, Matrimony.
Marriage is the vocation most adult Catholics spend their adult lives trying to faithfully live out.

We make visible to the  world, the invisible reality of the Fathers unconditional love in a grounded, incarnate way.  Our  sacrament is more beautiful than anything man can build
And yet if marriage was a physical  institution  we  would  see  it  as  a neglected, uncared  for,broken,crumbling  building. A building that has been taken for granted. Its beauty and awe, no longer like St Peters Basilica in Rome , is  now  a  dilapidated  crumbling  edifice.  This  building  is  still  talked  about  by  a  few  in  whispers  of  its  once   magnificence but it is largely dumbed down and undermined by a world increasingly questioning its purpose and relevance.   We who understand  both  the sacramental importance of marriage, and its social public good,  defend its presence and speak to its purpose, but few see it in its true glory because we have left it in such disrepair, this beauty is no longer visible to most that they are willing to lay down their lives for it in a permanent commitment.
And now, to carry the analogy a bit further, the local council has turned up and told us our  precious building is no longer safe and violates regulations and stand ready to tear it  down. They tell us that not only must it go in its current form but that new regulations will not let us rebuild it once torn down.
And so we are faced with the harsh reality years of neglect, despite the best efforts of Pope Saint John Paul II and his monumental catechesis. We either rapidly reinvest in this infrastructure or lose it for generations.  And like any physical asset, a school a  church, or a seminary, every few decades we have to reinvest and rebuild.  We have to do so not  from our annual maintenance budget but from our capital budget.  We do not bat an eye lid at this  for our hard infrastructure, in fact  we  get  quite  excited  about  it. One diocese I know spent over £800,000 on refurbishing its seminary chapel but gave nothing in comparison to marriage and family life ministry or theology of the body development in schools.
Against the ever increasing cultural Marxist onslaught of same sex “marriage” and gender ideology we must fight for authentic matrimony like we have never fought before….otherwise…what is the point of the new evangelisation at all!?

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