There are many who have been genuinely shaken in their faith by the Father Corapi mess. I humbly offer the following.
Many have seen the love of God extend itself through Father Corapi’s ministry, and the encounter with God’s loving mercy has changed their lives forever. To all of these brothers and sisters, I say of Father Corapi, “Mission accomplished.”
It is the job of the priest to bring the people to Jesus and Jesus to the people. Some priests do this in their capacity as special preachers, such as Father Corapi, but then the faithful are handed off to the more intimate pastoral care of the priests who will hear their confessions and nourish them with the Eucharist. They have the Catechism of the Catholic Church to help develop their understanding of the faith. Yes, there is a special affinity for the one who led us home, but there should be an affinity, a love of God that eclipses that of the one who led us home. If there isn’t, then that is the first order of business in the continued spiritual journey.
Still, it can be frightening, confusing, disorienting, disillusioning. One verse from the Psalms, Psalm 46:10 is the perfect medicine:
“Be still, and know that I am Lord.”
The following is a beautiful, timeless, adaptation of that verse by Chuck Girard. We’re all going to be just fine, just as the Church has been in the 2000 years before Father Corapi.
Be still, and know that He is God.