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THE GUARDIAN, MAY 7, 1982 PAGE 5 ou 't J'00a'ge Book By Its Cover KNOW YOUR FAITH Sponsored By Arkansas State Council Knights of Columbus By Neff Parent MONTHS ago, my the church parking ogether with a friend, I vent back to see if we get it started. Oblivious 5, we were still trying to out what was wrong began arriving Saturday evening began pulling in us, their occupants various reactions" conveyed looks of ; others .were disinterested in our still others seemed that we should be on a car during Mass driver, particularly on having the space '[RI 12-2 I. their permallvl|t Ill(' almul 111,,late l,ih'", Ollllg hands. , JERRY COOKE rs-McCain Mall, NLR BUS. 753-4326 Res. next to where we were working, forced us aside as he pulled in. For some reason, the scores of empty spaces elsewhere on the lot were not as desirable. ALL THIS was too much for my friend. A non-practicing Catholic, he began to offer sarcastic comments about the charitable dispositions of these church-goers. I was less concerned over his remarks about my fellow parishioners than I was at the thought of his getting further negative impressions of the church. I knew that what he was observing was not the parish as I knew it. Just as you can't judge a book from its cover, neither can you fully appreciate a church community from the outside. A COMMUNITY is a fellowship, a network of relationships, in which love, support and a common vision play vital roles. Without personally experiencing one or more of these elements, it is virtually impossible to pass judgment on the community -- whether it is a family, a group or a church. My friend could not know the full measure of love and support that my family and I have received from the parish -- and from some of those people who seemed removed from our problem with the car. 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The same can be said of a Christian community: It cannot be ap- preciated fully from the outside. One needs to experience it from within the community. ( NC Photo) adequately. The church community must include what is ex- pressed day in, day out, in the lives of its members. AFTER JESUS departed, the first converts to Christianity were motivated not so much by what they heard of him, but by what they observed in the lives of his disciples. "See how Christians love one another?" was a common reaction of non-believers to the love of those first Christians. The converts saw something in the lives of Christians that they wanted to be part of. If Jesus could transform those people to such an extent, then, indeed, he must be from God. Although my friend's assessment of my fellow parishioners was based en- tirely on too limited an ex- posure, his instinctive in- tuition about how a church community celebrates its life was correct. village, the neighborhood and the extended family have all but succumbed to the in- dividuality of modern life. Yet, in this very process, more and more people are being set adrift to die alone, emotionally, socially, religiously, like so much sea life washed ashore by the ocean. Humans are not meant to live apart from community any more than fish are meant to survive out of water. As fish die without water, so too do we die without the benefits of community. THE CHURCH offers community based on our common identity as children of God and our common goal of creating a more just and humane society. If the benefits of this community a large sign that reads in part: "Enter, Rejoice and Come In." That sign communicates what we all feel about our parish. 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