- We are a worldwide community: one billion plus, rich and poor, black and white, American, European, Asian and African, a family that celebrates the presence of the living Christ in the liturgies of the Word and of the Eucharist, where the bread and wine become the sacramental reality of Jesus Christ. Yes, we possess within ourselves “the spark of the divine.”
- We are a community with splendid heroes and heroines: Francis and Clare of Assisi, Anthony of Padua, Dominic, Ignatius of Loyola, Thomas More, Teresa of Avila, Vincent de Paul, Therese of Lisieux, Padre Pio, Mother Teresa—and the litany goes on. These are people worth imitating in our own quest for ultimate meaning.
- We are a community which always has something to celebrate: the blessing of animals in October, Our Lady of Guadalupe in December, St. Nicholas in Advent, Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Easter, Pentecost, and more.
- We are a community that takes a stand on peace and justice: sponsoring and staffing shelters, hospices, soup kitchens, literacy programs, hospitals and schools throughout the world.
But alas we are also a community with tensions. Because we are made up of human beings. Some are dysfunctional, and make a mess out of their lives and the lives of others. So, we have to live with some messiness and muddle through as best we can.
Be proud and joy-filled to belong to this worldwide community, in which we confess to want to know God better, to follow Jesus and the saints ever more closely.