We have entered the 'in between time" at our church. There was an issue with our pastor where he was accused of some wrong doing. On Sunday it was announced that he was exonerated of all charges. However the Bishop placed him on a one year sabbatical and said he would be re-assigned. Now we are waiting to see who our new pastor will be. Terry Murphy's blog this morning seems timely for what we are going through. "How do you restore honor?" What do we, as parishioners, do? We have lost our pastor and the accuser faces no consequences. I don't believe that those who founded our nation expected this type of justice. We are suppose to be innocent until judged by our brethren. The guilty are suppose to be held accountable.
Last night a small group of us met at our church. We were brought together by the loving women of our parish. There was no debate nor issuance of a "parishioner backed statement." We were simply led in prayer. The prayers were for our pastor, the priests and staff of the Bishop, the Bishop and the accused. We prayed for strength to get through this "in between time." And we prayed that our church community would welcome the new pastor with open arms. We have placed our faith in God and will go forward knowing that He is there with us.
"Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset." Saint Francis De Sales