[quote=RomanRyan1088] in the movie, a Baptist church was damaged and Joshua pulls the town together to rebuild the church, even a local priest. Now my question is, us as Catholics, would it have been acceptable to assist the Baptist rebuild their church. If it were me as of right now, I wouldn’t have helped them, but what would be the “right” thing to do.
I have to admit that it concerns me greatly that a young Catholic in this day and age would ask this question or even have a doubt in his or her mind as to the answer to it.
The following is an excerpt from a web report about a fire that destroyed Christ the Saviour Melkite Greek-Catholic Church in Yonker, NY a few years ago:
thanks to the hospitality of Fr. Miroslav Trojanowski and the parishioners at St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church a few blocks away. They provided me with their second priest’s apartment (currently vacant) and have opened the church and all it contains to us. …
In the meantime we are grateful for the calls, gifts and expressions of concern which came from our own clergy as well as nearby clergy and friends of our community. The Antiochian Orthodox church offered the use of its facilities, the Carpatho-Russian Orthodox church, the nearby Capuchin monastery and an area Presbyterian church also extended offers of assistance.
If you were to research the aftermath of the gas explosion that leveled St. Mary’s Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church in Colchester, CT, a few months ago, you would learn that fund-raising events to assist that small parish (only 55 families) to rebuild were held by churches in the town (and surrounding communities) of virtually every denomination.
These stories and identical responses to such happenings are played out every week across the US. And with good reason.
Priests of the Maronite Catholic Church bow to the altar and recite a final prayer at the conclusion of the Service of the Holy Mysteries; a virtually identical prayer is recited by priests of the Syriac Catholic and Orthodox Churches at the conclusion of the Holy Qurbano. The prayer acknowledges the holy part played in God’s worship by the altar on which the liturgical service occurs and recognizes the temporality of both the priest and the altar.
Remain in peace, Holy Table of the Lord; I pray that I may return to you in peace. May the Sacrifice which I have been blessed to offer upon you forgive my sins, help me to avoid faults and prepare me to stand blameless before the Throne of Christ. I know not whether I shall ever again be blessed to return to you and again offer this Holy Sacrifice upon you. Remain in peace, Holy Table of the Lord.
Consider for a moment that, for every person, of no matter what faith, their house of worship, be it church, synagogue, temple, or mosque evokes a deep, spiritual pull on them that is much like that evoked by a family member or the dearest of friends. Watch the news the next time that a house of worship is destroyed by fire or otherwise and listen as members of the congregation are interviewed. Hear the sobs in their voices and see their tears flow. And consider, in charity, what the answer should be to your question.