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“A Prayer for When We Struggle with the Church
My God, you are infinite Mercy, you are Love itself. I love you, and I believe in you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And because I believe in you, I believe everything you have revealed. I believe what you have revealed about this great mystery which is the Church. You know how I struggle. Help my unbelief. Help me to rediscover the beauty, and goodness, and holiness within the Church, which is sometime obscured and hidden by the moral failings of its members. Help me to love the Church not in spite of but precisely because of her many human weaknesses and failures. Allow me to be your instrument to help heal your Church. Amen.
Excerpt from Hurting in the Church: A Way Forward for Wounded Catholics by Father Thomas Berg
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Father Berg is professor of moral theology and vice-rector at St Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers, NY. He earned his doctorate in philosophy at Rome’s Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum. In addition to scholarly work in bioethics, he has also been published or quoted in Homiletic & Pastoral Review, Crisis Magazine, First Things, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. An avid runner, hiker, and cigar aficionado, he escapes as often as he can to Cape May, New Jersey.