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The Reverend Roland C. Cloutier Welcomes You to All Saints Catholic Church
All Saints Parish in Somersville, Connecticut is committed as a faith-filled community to meet the spiritual and temporal needs of those we encounter in all ministries of our faith. Through prayer, sacramental life and works of charity, in love and obedience to God, the Lord of all life. All Saints stands ready to proclaim the Good News in word, sacrament, and service to all.
If you know of anyone who is hospitalized or homebound and would like to receive the Eucharist, please contact the rectory office.
SIXTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
“Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.”
The children of our Faith Formation Program have put some questions to me about our Faith and our Practices. Following are some of the questions and my answers.
What is the Church’s view on science? (as in evolution vs. creation)?
The Church has no problem with evolution and the Church has been heavily involved in the scientific field for many years. The problem people sometimes pose is that they say one excludes the other. Some, who may be called fundamentalist, read the Bible story of creation and they say that the world was created in seven days because it is in the Bible. The Church takes the Bible very seriously but our biblical scholars remind us that the ‘stories’ found in the Bible were stories that were handed down for centuries simply by word of mouth from one generation to the other. The point of the story is not necessarily in the ‘seven days’ but in the fact that the story tells us that Almighty God created everything and everyone and that we owe God homage and thanks. The point that the Church makes is that for those who wish to believe in evolution of the human species, which science seems to have proven, then the Church simply says that at some point in the evolution of the human species God intervened and gave us a rational mind and a supernatural soul. The key point is that we are different from the ‘animal’ kingdom because we can think and we have a soul that is in the image of God. If you believe that God gave us that on the sixth day, that is fine, but if you believe that we got it at some point in the evolution of our species, that too, is fine. (Remember, there are two “stories” of creation. Chapter one of Genesis gives us the seven day story but starting with verse 18 of Chapter two there is another story of creation).
How come no matter how much you pray, some things prayed for never come true?
This is a question of deep faith and a question that just about everyone has asked at one time or another. We all pray for the health of relatives and friends and many times the cure does not come. So, is prayer useless? Absolutely not! We pray that our will be done but Jesus sometimes has a better plan. We don’t always know what that is but that is precisely the power of Faith: that we trust that whatever will happen Jesus will use it for our salvation in some way. This is the mystery of evil in the world. Why do bad things happen to good people? We can also ask why do good things happen to people we don’t think are good? Let’s look at it from this perspective: if all things in this world were perfect, if there was no sickness, no violence, no war, if everyone got along perfectly, if there were no disagreements between spouses or siblings, if everything we wished for just happened, for what would we need Faith? Let’s remember Jesus himself, on the night he was to be arrested, went to the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives and the scriptures tells us that He fell on His knees and prayed: “Father, if this cup can pass me by, but not my will but thine be done.” Jesus did not go looking for pain (or evil) but accepted it when it came with faith that God could take even this and turn it into good. And as we, who are followers of Jesus know, His pain and death led to His resurrection and our very salvation. God took pain and evil and turned it into good. That is what we believe, that is our Faith. Therefore, we continue to pray always because our prayer may not change the mind of God but it may change us and lead us to accepting God’s will for us.
I have faith, my friend does not. He/she is a good person. What will happen (to them)? What do I do?
Faith is a gift from God. This, too, is a mystery. Why did God not give us all this deeply rooted faith? In a way God did but maybe not in the way we think it should show itself. You said your friend is a good person. God knows that, and even though he/she may not express that faith like you do does not mean they don’t have a spiritual side of them that connects them to God as they know God, which may be different from your understanding of God. When they get to heaven they will be judged on whether they were ‘good’ people. As to what you should do, simply live your faith in God and give them an example of your trust in God. Some day they may yearn for a deeper faith and they may remember your faith and turn to you to learn about your God. The rest is in the hands of God.
~ Fr. Roland ~
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