What can you do? There are things that can be done. The first is "be the victim" and have prejudices and grudges against the majority. Use your minority as a crutch in order to serve your personal agenda or purpose. This will get you no-where but a hardened heart. Oh, that today you would hear his voice: Do not harden your hearts as at Meribah, as on the day of Massah in the desert. There your ancestors tested me; they tried me though they had seen my works. Forty years I loathed that generation; I said: “This people’s heart goes astray; they do not know my ways.” Therefore I swore in my anger: “They shall never enter my rest.” - Psalms 95:8-11
If being the "Victim" doesn't work for you, there are things you could do as a Catholic Minority in
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• Become active in your church - Such as volunteering to help.
• Join one of the many organizations in your parish.
• Don't attend mass as if you are watching a play that you've seen hundreds of times.
Sometimes, it's easy to sit in church while being able to recite your part, the priests part and so
on. Wake-up from this trance and make that commitment to God to be present with your
mind, body and soul.
• Get to church earlier, or stay after mass in order to meet more of your fellow parishioners.
• Mix-up the routine and take a trip to your neighbor Catholic Church for Mass. By meeting
your Catholic neighbors, you just may make new friends - it's up to you.
• Attend some of the activities featured in your church bulletin or the Intermountain Catholic.
The above ideas will not kill you. They will require effort and follow-though. You have choices and remember it's up to you to make a difference. This reminds me of a story, " The Big Flood":
It had been raining for days and days, and a terrible flood had come over the land. The waters rose so high that one man was forced to climb onto the roof of his house. As the waters rose higher and higher, a man in a rowboat appeared, and told him to get in. "No," replied the man on the roof. "I have faith in the Lord; the Lord will save me." So the man in the rowboat went away. The man on the roof prayed for God to save him.
The waters rose higher and higher, and suddenly a speedboat appeared. "Climb in!" shouted a man in the boat. "No," replied the man on the roof. "I have faith in the Lord; the Lord will save me." So the man in the speedboat went away. The man on the roof prayed for God to save him. The waters continued to rise. A helicopter appeared and over the loudspeaker, the pilot announced he would lower a rope to the man on the roof. "No," replied the man on the roof. "I have faith in the Lord; the Lord will save me." So the helicopter went away. The man on the roof prayed for God to save him. The waters rose higher and higher, and eventually they rose so high that the man on the roof was washed away, and alas, the poor man drowned.
Upon arriving in heaven, the man marched straight over to God. "Heavenly Father," he said, "I had faith in you, I prayed to you to save me, and yet you did nothing. Why?" God gave him a puzzled look, and replied "I sent you two boats and a helicopter, what more did you expect?"
Considering that ending I, Gracemarie, ask you, "What do you expect?"