I’ve come to an ultimate conclusion though, and it’s one that many Protestant converts before me have come to as well. The Church is us. As a Protestant convert to Catholicism I bring certain gifts, talents, and insights. If there’s a need for better catechesis in my parish my role isn’t to lament the church’s failure, it’s to start a Bible study. If RCIA sometimes seems like a chore for those leading it then maybe I need to volunteer next year. If not enough laypeople are devoted to keeping the church open during Eucharistic Adoration than maybe I can help arrange a schedule. Do you see what I mean?
The default attitude for us Protestant converts needs to shift—my attitude needs to shift—from seeing what sucks about the Catholic Church to doing something about it. After all, when Jesus gave his most difficult teaching on the Eucharist—his very own blood and body given to His Church—He asked his closest disciples, “Are you going to leave, too?”
St. Peter replied, “Lord, to whom shall we go?”
You and I, we’re the ones at fault. We’re to blame for these complaints and thousands more. The Church that you can see is made up of 1.5 billion of us.
Something “sucks” about the Catholic Church? It’s us.UPDATE: I should have added – see how I suck? – what the author obviously implies. That is: If you can bless the Church, if you can create community or better educate catechumens or minister to the poor? Do it. That’s why you’re Catholic – because works matter.