Archive | July, 2014

Aha! We Are Universal!

9 Jul


Our faith, a gift for all times, all peoples, from the hands of God.

The Nicene Creed—we’ve prayed it for years. The entire Church prays this creed during Mass. After all, we are indeed the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church—the universal Church founded by the Lord Jesus and spread throughout the world by the Apostles and their successors.

Last Sunday, I had a great “aha moment.” Standing next to me at Mass was a priest from Tanzania. As we prayed the creed, the universality of the Church hit me anew. I experienced a deep sense of communion and belonging with this priest.

We all believe this Creed, this truth given us by our good God. Millions of Catholics throughout the world profess this one faith. We live in different time zones, speak different languages, have different cultural histories, live under different governments, eat different cuisines (some of us hardly eating at all, some even starving to death)—yet we all believe.

Together, we believe.

I wonder what would happen, if at least ten percent of us would so confidently express this faith outside the church walls.

I wonder, too, what would happen if, in our own communities, we sought and experienced this kinship with people who seem to be different from us.

May the Holy Spirit speed the day.