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#91 of 92 Old 09-22-2009, 09:04 PM
 
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God can choose the small, quiet and hidden people and communities as easily as the thriving, popular and well known. God may have a different mission for the communities that appear to be dying out that we do not understand, one that may be vital and precious in God's sight.

What a beautiful and exciting way of looking at it!

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While it is great that there are communities that are thriving, I do not see it is a bad thing or judgment that some appear to be dying. Isn't there that idea that unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it cannot bring new life? And how the voice of God was in the stillness instead of the great wind, and that Jesus said wherever even only two or three were gathered in his name, he would be there? God can work in great and visible ways, but I do not underestimate the power of God to only be at work in those ways that appear successful to us. God often uses what is small, weak, or apparently insignificant, useless, or meaningless in the world to bring about the kingdom.

Every religious community has its own charism and mission, and its own unique history as well. They do not all need to "look" the same in order to be faithful to the call of God. While some orders have lost valuable parts of their communal life with some of the changes they have embraced, there are also communities that have kept the traditions and strayed from their true calling and purpose.
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