Do You Love The Church?
The church is broken. Every day we read of another church that has wounded people, or that has blown up because of wounded people. And yet the church is so beautiful. Nothing captivates like the Bride of Christ. Its brokenness nearly drove me away from God. Its beauty brought me healing, captured my imagination, and spurred me to dedicate my life in its service.
I recently came across this beautiful piece by Carlo Carretto and wanted to share it with you:
“How much I must criticize you, my church, and yet how much I love you!
You have made me suffer more than anyone, and yet I owe more to you than to anyone.
I should like to see you destroyed, and yet I need your presence.
You have given me much scandal, and yet you alone have made me understand your holiness.
Never in this world have I seen anything more compromised, more false, yet never have I touched anything more pure, more generous or more beautiful.
Countless times, I have felt like slamming the door of my soul in your face—and yet, every night, I have prayed that I might die in your sure arms!
No, I cannot be free of you, for I am one with you, even if not completely you.
Then too—where would I go? To build another church? But I could not build one without the same defects, for they are my defects.
And again, if I were to build another church, it would be my church, not Christ’s church. No, I am old enough. I know better.”
Do you love the church?