In the Christian understanding, suffering can be redemptive and useful, but it is not automatically so. Suffering, misunderstood or poorly endured can be simply destructive.
One of the most painful aspects of the separation of Christians is the fact that we cannot share the Eucharist together. With some exceptions, Catholics cannot receive the Eucharist in non-Catholic Christian churches and non-Catholics Christians cannot receive in Catholic Churches. This is, and should be, painful. It should be painful because it is a reminder that we are not united in faith as we are called to be.
All of us, together with Pope Francis, are following with deep concern the dramatic news reports coming from Iraq, Gaza and Syria. Defenseless populations, including our Christian brothers and sisters, flee from their homes, in urgent need for protection, food, shelter and medical assistance. In solidarity with their sufferings, and in communion with the whole Church, let us, in the words of the Holy Father, “raise up with one voice a ceaseless prayer, imploring the Holy Spirit to send the gift of peace" to the Middle East.
"It's not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving." Mother Teresa
Sharon and I have now completed audits for 90 of the 148 rural parishes in the Archdiocese of Regina. That is 60.81 percent.
The purpose of the audits is to make sure that committees are 'on the right track' and completing all the necessary checklists and paperwork. The intent is so that committees do not have to redo anything. The other reason is to make sure we "pass with flying colours" the audit from the insurance carriers.