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2, Issue 6
servant is fortunate whom his master finds busy when
he returns." Luke 12:43
is one sweet moment for Voice of the Faithful. In this
issue, the Chicago Area VOTF notes their commitment
to VOTF's goals by moving forward "…one person, one
parish at a time." A few days ago, we saw the rich fruit
of such an effort. Our Brooklyn siblings, banned by
Bishop Daily from meeting on church property in that
diocese, have been heard. Bishop Daily has listened
and the ban has been lifted.
In their dialogue with the Brooklyn diocesan leadership,
Brooklyn VOTF has modeled for all of us the truthful
telling of "Who
We Are," the patience of familial love and the wise
knowing that comes from good hearts and discerning minds.
continues to be banned in seven dioceses around the
U.S., something in which no Catholic, regardless of
VOTF membership, should acquiesce. We continue to pray
for and support banned parishioners in Connecticut,
Maine, New Jersey, New York, and Oregon.
of hardships, the steady, persistent drive of VOTF members
to achieve our goals is inspiring. The conviction from
our very first day and the very first day of every one
of our Parish Voices and affiliates is that VOTF's "prayerful
voice, attentive to the Spirit" will prevail.
one affiliate looking for dialogue with a bishop has
given up in the absence of a response from their diocese
(as in Colorado, Affiliate
News) or, worse, in an ecclesiastic environment
of hostility. VOTF SE Wisconsin has even proposed
a diocesan synod, a call heard with increasing frequency
among concerned Catholics.
one day of Lent passed at the seat of the Boston,
MA archdiocese without a VOTF member "keeping watch"
in support of survivors.
one affiliate has limited their efforts to their own
group. They constitute a marvel of innovative and
ambitious outreach to survivors and their caregivers,
to theologians and to a growing roster of speakers
informed and informing on our Church. (see
Wash., DC Affiliate News)
one month has passed in VOTF history without leadership
gathering to speak and respond to the crisis on
its many levels as well as to address the challenges
of VOTF growth.
one month passes that someone hasn't devised yet another
engagement activity with our priests. (see
Florida in Affiliate News, Priests'
Support Working Group, Vineyard
one day passes that someone in the wide
world of VOTF doesn't send
us a prayer, a wish, a pat on the back.
one week passes that VOTF isn't humbled by the generosity
of our members both in volunteer
time donated and/or in financial
contributions to our work.
is the never-ending story of Church in the 21st
Century with more good hearts arriving all the time.
It must have been at a time like ours that Trappist
monk Thomas Merton offered this prayer:
Lord God, I have no idea where I'm going. I do not
see the road ahead of me. I cannot know for certain
where it will end. Nor do I really know myself and
the fact that I think I am following your will does
not mean I am actually doing so. But I believe that
the desire to please you does in fact please you.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from
that desire. And I know that if I do this you will
lead me by the right road though I may know nothing
about it…. I will not fear, for you are ever with
L. Thorp, Editor
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