Father Carlo Carretto Muses on His Relationship with the Church

This will resonate with anyone who has had remotely any experience with the Church. It offers compelling reasons why we should not abandon Church, despite the wounds we receive from her. Please read it for what it is, not what you want it to be.

How baffling you are, oh Church, and yet how I love you! 

How you have made me suffer, and yet how much I owe you! 

I should like to see you destroyed, and yet I need your presence. 

You have given me so much scandal  and yet you have made me understand sanctity.

I have seen nothing in the world more devoted to obscurity, more compromised, more false, and I have touched nothing more pure, more generous, more beautiful. How often I have wanted to shut the doors of my soul in your face, and how often I have prayed to die in the safety of your arms. 

No, I cannot free myself from you, because I am you, although not completely. 

And where should I go? 

From The God Who Comes by Fr. Carlo Carretto