Faith and Community, by Cathryn Conroy

My faith is grounded in community--so much so that I wonder how sustainable my faith would be in solitude.

No community...no faith? Interesting question.

Some of it is basic. I come to St. Anne's on Sunday, take communion and leave fulfilled.

Some of it is friendship. I come to St. Anne's on Sunday, embrace others, become a part of their lives and leave fulfilled.

Some of it is sharing. I come to St. Anne's on Sundays and find a place where I can share my life and receive others who trust in me enough to share their lives with me.

Some of it is inspiration. I come to St. Anne's on Sundays and am filled with the power of the Holy Spirit to go out into the world. Sometimes to make a real difference. But usually just to pray harder, believe more, love greater.

Some of it is divine. I pray the Daily Office in solitude in the morning and evening. I view it this way, as described by Robert Benson in the book "In Constant Prayer": "To pray the office is to anchor your life of prayer somewhere between the daily and the divine."

And it comes full circle back to community. As I pray the Daily Office in solitude in my home, I know that I am not alone. There is an entire community of people around the world, who are also praying the same Daily Office. We pray it together. In community. So when two or three are gathered together in his name you will be in the midst of them.

And then I go back to St. Anne's on Sunday. A full circle.

 

--Cathryn Conroy