I had been planning on going to Mass before it started blizzarding and so I decided I would still walk on over to the Newman Center today. The Newman Center is on the corner of campus about three blocks away from RJ. Well, I didn’t expect the horrible snow drifts and unplowed state of everything. Well it took me about 20 minutes to walk what should take about seven. Anyway, I was really glad that I went, for a couple of reasons. The first was that Fr. Cheney’s message tonight was about the structure of the Catholic Church’s leadership and why it is good. One of the things that struck me, and I had heard this before, was that in Protestant Churches, pastors are called by the congregation to lead the church. Whereas in Catholicism, pastors are called by God and then sent out to individual parishes. It gave me peace of mind and confidence in the structure that Christ laid out for his Church.
Second, when I got there I saw one of my friends Mary, who I haven’t seen in awhile. I sat with her to discover that she too is not Catholic, but is becoming Catholic as well!!! I was so surprised and excited to find out that she is also coming to the Catholic Church. We talked for awhile and she introduced me to a few people. I also some others that I knew and chatted with them as well. It felt awesome to be surrounded by so many college Catholics who definitely cling tight to God and the faith. You would have to to venture out to Mass in this blizzard (you honestly have no idea how bad it is out there).
Coming back from Church I felt like a pioneer. Walking through a blizzard, freezing to the core, snow caked onto my clothes. That must have been what it was like for our forefathers as they trekked across this desolate prairie to give thanks to God. It is so bad out there that there is a high possibility of getting a second snow day tomorrow!!!
I am really glad I went to Church tonight.