If you were raised in a Catholic family you may have an understanding of how people served the Church and how the Church served them. Much of the Church’s reputation is distorted today because of the clergy scandals. But reputation does not care for patients, feed the hungry, nurse those with AIDs, educate and coach students, minister to prison inmates, care for the addicted, and much more. People were and are served by the Church and its people.
My mother’s parents died when she was young and her sisters and brothers placed her in a Catholic boarding school in Scotland for a while until her sisters took her to America where she was raised by an older brother. She attended a Catholic School in Chicago.
Back in Scotland, one of my aunts married a Catholic School Master. My aunt had several children and my uncle worked in Scottish Catholic schools for a number of years. Once the children were raised, they then went to Africa where they established schools. For his lifetime service to the Church, my uncle was honored by the Pope as a Knight of Saint Sylvester for his work.
One of my Sisters became a Dominican nun right out of high school about the time the Beatles landed on our shore. She did not pay much attention to the British invasion, she became a teacher and taught in Detroit in the 1960s. At the same time back in Chicago, the teachers at Saint Cajetan School in Chicago were bound and determined that the younger members of my family should receive a quality education during the Baby-Boom years.
Back in Scotland, a cousin of mine became a priest and dedicated himself to teaching and preaching. Wherever he is sent, he goes and he goes and he goes.
Two of my sisters became nurses and served a Catholic Hospital where police were on site every hour to insure the safety of staff and patients. They worked for years in a disadvantaged neighborhood.
Catholic families understand service. And despite the reputation that the Church has today in the media, the Church’s faith-based service makes a significant difference in lives. And the Church and its members want to see each other get to heaven.
Ultimately, our Sports and Faith series books is about in large part that effort. Priests, nuns, lay people who have given their lives to help others. Athletes who sometimes go out of their comfort zone to do the same in a world that worships athletes.
Worthwhile Struggle is our latest book in the series and it is described in the book section of this web site.