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The Deacon's Bench

“I happen to think this is a great and important time to be Catholic. Really. No joke. How often do we get to be right smack in the middle of an opportunity for radical Christ-based, Holy Spirit-generated change – and know it? The challenge is, of course, believing that such change is possible, that we can indeed “all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.” I actively, consciously choose to walk by faith and not by fright… 

…I choose to stay because ‘the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus’ is indeed the goal toward which I’m called to press on. I know the institutional church is simply an artifact that needs excavation and transformation. I choose to stay because I know God is bigger and the Holy Spirit more powerful than anything humans might muck up. I choose to be a participant observer. I choose to stay because having been raised Jewish, I know things could always be worse. Indeed, they already have been.”

— FOB (Friend of the Bench) Meredith Gould.
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