"God could have established his Church under supervision of angels that have no faults or weaknesses. But who can doubt that as it stands today, consisting of and under the supervision of poor sinners—successors to the ‘poor fishermen of Galilee’; the Church is a more outstanding miracle than any other way?"
Fr. Solanus wrote this about the Church – the Church which ordained him and which he unflinchingly loved and obeyed. Yes, it is flawed and consists of poor sinners; yes, in its humanity it doesn’t always reflect God as it should. But who can deny the beauty of this Bride of Christ? Who can look past her adoring eyes, or ignore her desire to please her Bridegroom?
Sacred Space, the beautiful on-line devotional by the Irish Jesuits, once had this to say about the poor fisherman of Galilee: “Jesus makes Peter profess his love for him by reminding him of his earlier betrayal…Jesus wants nothing less than a wholly committed, transparent and unselfish Peter who does not trust in his own strength and power but is aware of his recent betrayal and failure, therefore trusts only in the risen Lord who gives him that responsibility and leadership: ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me, do you love me more than these?’”
YES! Yes, Lord, you know everything; you know that we love you. And so with Fr. Solanus we continue to beseech God: “Look not upon our sins, but on the faith of your Church.”
Ven. Solanus Casey, pray for us!