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Why I Don’t Go to Church

  • I don’t go to church to meet my friends.
  • I don’t go to church to sing the songs I like
  • I don’t go to church so the neighbors think I’m respectable
  • I don’t go to church to increase my self esteem
  • I don’t go to church to learn more about the Bible
  • I don’t go to church to drink coffee and eat donuts
  • I don’t go to church to have an emotional experience
  • I don’t go to church to plan how to change the world
  • I don’t go to church to “have fellowship”
  • I don’t go to church to learn more about God and Jesus
  • I don’t go to church to be a good example to my children
  • I don’t go to church to please my mother
  • I don’t go to church to avoid hell
  • I don’t go to church to achieve heaven
  • I don’t go to church to cheer on my team
  • I don’t go to church to feel spiritual
  • I don’t go to church to be better than everyone else
  • I don’t go to church to boost moral
  • I don’t go to church to launch an agenda
I don’t make the church. The church makes me. 
Look not on my sins, but the faith of your church.
The church is the four men who took paralyzed me on a long journey to meet the Lord.
The church is the four men who took apart the roof–everything that separated me from my Lord and God. 
The church is the four men who brought me– paralyzed by sin– and lowered me down to where I ought to be–at the feet of Jesus.
The church is the four men who brought me to receive forgiveness and healing.
The church is my mother. Within the church I was spiritually conceived, gestated, brought to life, given birth, nursed and nurtured.
It’s simple:
The Church is the Body of Christ and so I go to church so that the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ might preserve my body and soul unto everlasting life.

About Fr. Dwight Longenecker
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17970851228593550726 Lynne

    Beautiful!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07873474359768116121 StacyS

    Well said!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11593478869001856015 gothmog

    Simply awesome.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16213841528077465387 theresa EH

    AMEN!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12746127431922685446 JD Curtis

    Outstanding. And it so happens that 2nd Mark was today's Bible Through the Year reading. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17879273326034884153 Kathy

    Very nice. Thanks!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09322135500288738561 Bender

    It's simple: I go to church so that the body and blood of the Lord Jesus Christ might preserve my body and soul unto everlasting lifeIsn't there something missing here, Father?Is going to church really all about me, me, me? preserving my body and my soul so that I might have everlasting life?Especially today, the feast day of Jacinta and Francisco, we should remember that it is not about only being worried about our own sorry rear-ends, it is also about being concerned with the salvation of others — we're all in this together, a loving communion of many persons in one body.


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