OUR STORY …
In the first episode of this porch tale, Bishop Bob received a call from the Vatican. Apparently, Poppa was concerned with contrasts between traditional practices of the good, old days and contemporary practices of today.
Poppa’s solution included a mission for Bishop Bob and the Chucktown Diocese. The Bishop was to find out what happened to the good, old days. Where did they go? Could anything be salvaged or repurposed for the modern Catholic Church?
IT IS WRITTEN …
Never work alone! Although that’s not exactly what the Bible says, God did make us so we would live and work in community with other people.
In the Bible, Moses was admonished to spread his workload out among others. “You and these people who come to you will only wear yourselves out,” it cautions. “The work is too heavy for you; you cannot handle it alone.” (Exod 18:18, NRSVCE)
The Catechism warns that socialization comes with its own set of danger. State intervention can threaten personal freedom. The Church teaches a principle called subsidiarity, which means that a higher order community must not deprive lower order communities of their functions. It should not interfere in the life of their lower order communities(CCC 1883).
This solidarity principle applies regardless whether you’re talking about federalism (national and state government) or teams and work groups in the workplace. That’s the lesson Moses had to learn, and we still have to remind each other of it today.
LIFE GOES ON …
The powerful principle of solidarity enabled Bishop Bob to retain oversight while he passed the action down to the group closest to the problem. Holy Trinity was the parish Bishop Bob selected, and he put Deacon Guy in charge of this special project.
Naturally, Deacon Guy was reluctant. Like most of us, he had very little experience solving the great mysteries of life. But how could the Deacon resist a great leadership initiative from his Bishop, especially when the mission came directly from the Vatican?
In our next episode, you’ll meet the first of several amazing characters from the pews of Holy Trinity parish. You’ll hear their unvarnished thoughts and maybe even get some insight into where the good old days might have gone. Don’t miss it!
That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. It’s cool to be Catholic. COOL2B!