Faith Busters

Loutzenhiser's picture

What challenges your faith? What do you struggle with in maintaining your relationship with Jesus? It can include things such as new age, abortions, bad clergy, occult... anything that can deter your faith in Christ or can cause you to lose your faith. An experience or a subject that you have problems with.

Maria Smith's picture

Thanks Robert!

In my faith, there has been so much lately on the scandle of priests. Although these things also happen in all faiths, it is more talked about by the media when a priest is involved because of the vow of chastity.

I know that this has hurt the faith of many Catholics and I feel sorry for that and I keep both the priest and victim in my daily prayers - as they are both victims.

However, this has not made my faith falter. What upsets me the most is that a person, be it a priest or other, would take a chance at breaking someone's faith. I think that is the greatest sin because it is almost like a murder... a murder of the soul.

I had a priest friend that was caught in soliciting sex from an undercover police. The priest was high up in the Archdiocese and was very well liked as a priest and did many good works. We all loved him dearly. It floored us.. I remember that my first emotion was anger.

How dare he take a chance to kill my faith in my church? That was my first thought, my first anger. How dare he? After a day or so... when I calmed down... I thought about him. How lonely or desparate or whatever his feelings were to go and do such a thing. For him to take a chance on his vocation and career (he was also a Doctor of psychology and psychiatry) Then my thoughts dwelt on him, on his pain and his suffering. So, I prayed for him.

He was assiged to more administrative duties and we did not see him at church any more. I recently ran into him when I was receiving an award from the Archdiocese and was glad that he was now doing well. (It had been about 5 yrs or so)

I am constantly praying that these things will stop and have faith in the church that now proper control, help and action will take place to ensure the safety for all.

Yours in Christ,
Maria 玛丽亚
CCEL Hostess

Yours in Christ,
Maria 玛丽亚
CCEL Hostess




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