Father Barnes on “the Sense of Belonging”…

“Belonging requires commitment and work…It involves doing things together, spending time together, and true communication…Belonging builds up the individual and, in turn, builds up the community. Today, even those in the Church are losing that sense of belonging. Too much focus on ecclesiastical politics turns the Church into another distant news category that people can tune in and out of as they see fit. Instead, we have the opportunity to provide something that is desperately missing from people’s lives. We have the opportunity to provide a way for people to belong, and there is nothing better than belonging to the Body of Christ…I’m more committed than ever to my conviction that the way to build up the Church is to live a friendship together. If we want to build up the Church, we cannot underestimate the importance of particularity. People are hungering not for “community” in some vague way. They need a particular community.”

Click here to read more of this excellent post by a great friend, the then-Pastor of this community’s first home in the Catholic Church, Father David Barnes.