Recently I left my Midwestern home to visit the South. There, the people spoke with their warm drawl and called me “ma’am,” and of course I ate wonderful food.
As I drove through the small towns, it struck me that every town had many churches of many Christian faiths. And yet there were very few grocery stores in each town. Interesting, don’t you think?
In a time when it is common to hear that churches are closing, there are still many that are open and inviting you to be a part of their community. Think about it: there are more churches in most towns than grocery stores! It occurred to me that people want to feed their souls more than feed their bodies.
I have been home for a couple of weeks, and in that time I’ve heard of almost 50 parishes closing or being merged. If you have been thinking that maybe you should start attending church to support your faith and grow spiritually, I would encourage you to do so. Get involved with a parish community.
Your parish is a place to call home—home for spiritual guidance, support of one another, and most importantly, Christian love.