Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Rivalries in Church

Many cases of church bullying seem to arise from rivalries. Someone may want a particular volunteer position, or they think they can do a better job than the person already in place. Or, someone may receive some special recognition that doesn't sit well with someone else. Or, there may be jockeying for friendships, since people in church also form cliques.

Of course, the devil is behind all of this, and he must delight in watching the infighting. It is my personal belief that eventually we'll see the triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and there will be a period of peace, reigning in our hearts. The devil is very well aware that his time is short, and he is doing everything in his power to create divisions right now. There is so much disorder, even among the clergy.

Not getting too involved in a parish is one way to avoid these dissensions. However, some people are called to be more active, so they need to be careful not to draw too much attention to themselves.

As faithful Catholics, we need to ride out this turbulent time in the Church and in the world. God and Our Lady are with us, and, in the end, Mary's Immaculate Heart will triumph and Satan will be defeated. Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

I realize some of my readers are not Catholic and may find some of the Marian terminology foreign. (However, you are more than welcome here, as church bullying happens in other denominations as well.) The book Hail Holy Queen is written by Dr. Scott Hahn, a protestant minister who converted to the Catholic faith after he found it supported by Scripture.

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