Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Crisis

Recently I've become more and more aware of how far away I feel from both the God and the Church just now...

I don't have any sort of community, the parish I registered with here is meant to be good and yet not one person has said hello or taken the time to speak to me. They do have the Extraordinary form once a month but they have it in a parish which is out on some country lane in the middle of nowhere and it's not even said properly. It's a shame as they have a beautiful blessed sacrament chapel in the main parish church but it's not used (who knows why).

Out of sheer desperation I went along to a parish charismatic prayer group (I know...); the people are lovely, but old... And this is truly 1970's charismania. That's not my bag baby!!

Maybe this is projection, I'm not sure, but I think my experience is similar to that of many Catholics. As soon as they move from a place where they could be Catholic, they suddenly find when they move that the gem they had before only exists in a few places and now they cant worship or belong as they did before.

I'm now seeing the effects on my own spiritual life. I know I'm responsible for my spiritual life and that I cant blame anyone else, but at the same time I feel resentment that being a Catholic is so difficult today, not so much as living in the world but as actually trying to belong to the Church and feel as if I'm in a truly Catholic parish without having an agenda, but just wanting to be around others who want to get to heaven and who want to save souls.

I feel very lost at the moment; please say a prayer for me and always remember if you see a new face it's up to you to make them welcome.

5 comments:

Fr Richard Aladics said...

John Paul, could you not start something yourself. You'll need to meet others you can join you, but look for them, speak to people in the parish you you know, and ask God to send you some apostolic companions. You could start a men's prayer-breakfast, or a Gospel-sharing group ...

berenike said...

Heh, I know EGGZACKLY what you mean. Oh my happy theology insitute days ...

Think of it this way - you get to be gloomy and feel far away, so that someone else who is suffering the same thing only worse, can be helped by you. Have you read the spiritual biography of Mother Teresa? Do. It will help lots.

John Paul said...

I Fr, there is more to it than the post lets on really... Few issues with work at the moment and stuff.

Mark said...

Stick in there, JP. It happens to the best of us...

I know what you mean, though. But yes, stick in there, and remember all of us thinking of and praying for you. It will get better.

Ottaviani said...

Can you not petition the church, where the old rite is said once a month, to be on a weekly basis? You could also buy the priest a dvd on how to say the traditional mass and send it anonymously to him ;-)

Or maybe start a youth prayer group like Fr. Richard said.