Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Being Driven from Your Parish May Mean Driving Miles to Mass

Part of the reason church bullying is so devastating for Catholics is that we don't have the option of not going to Mass. No matter what is happening, we must attend, under pain of mortal sin, in order to fulfill the Biblical command to keep the Sabbath holy. When a church mobbing gathers steam, the object of the game is to drive you from your parish, as well as the CCD program, if you happen to be a teacher, or the choir, if you happen to sing.

A hate campaign such as this probably means you'll need to change parishes. Because there may be so few parishes in a given area, especially with church closings throughout the United States, doing so many mean a lengthy drive to attend Mass, especially if you live in a rural area. However, this may still be your best option, especially if you have children. If this is bothering you, your children have likely picked up on the situation. After prayerful discernment, you might come to the conclusion that moving to another place of worship is your best bet.

Although it may now take an hour or more to get to Mass, this may be a small price to pay for the peace you will likely find someplace else, away from the bullies, whom are a major distraction.

Remember that previous generations of Catholics may have lived far from their church, and they needed to walk miles, often in inclement weather, to worship God. Be thankful you have a car. Turn to the saints and ask for their Heavenly help in this time of spiritual distress.

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