This is a simple statement about something that is good with an opinion on how it can be made even better.
Good: This afternoon, the Rappahannock News posted a story about a truly good thing: Faith, charity … pantry. The story shows a picture of Daphne Hutchinson with our Pastor, Father Grinnell, stocking the shelves at the Rappahannock Food Pantry after the delivery of “… 959 pounds of food from St. Peter’s, as part of Catholic Charities’ October food drive.”
There is no ambiguity here. This was a case of “feeding the hungry” as a Corporal Work of Mercy based on Matthew 25:31-36. St. Peter’s responded to the call for assistance and provided to those in need. It was good that our Pastor was there to represent St. Peter’s and the Roman Catholic Church.
Better: During my 21 years in the US Navy, when there was a public ceremony related to the Navy, including Navy-sponsored community and charitable service, I would wear my uniform and wear it proudly. In a profoundly more significant way, Blessed Mother Teresa and her Missionaries of Charity could be immediately identified by their traditional white sari with blue border as they ministered to “the poorest of the poor.”
Father Grinnell did represent our Parish and the Church – that’s a good thing. But, would it have not been even better had had worn his clerical garb and thereby proclaimed that he was doing a good thing in the name of the Catholic Church, founded by Jesus Christ?
If the answer is “yes,” when the next opportunity arises, perhaps Father Grinnell could and should do the “better” thing and wear his clerics when he represents the sheep of St. Peter’s.