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From Where I Stand
Good Friday is the day, tradition says, when standing at the foot of the cross as Jesus died, a sword pierced Marys heart. This Lent I heard that same kind of pain a hundred times from other women who are also watching everything theyve ever loved -- their country, their culture, their husbands, their children and their own futures -- die.
Ovid, the Roman philosopher, wrote: "All things change, nothing perishes." In the wake of Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), the lesson has gone largely unheeded. The notion lives on that changing a practice undermines the faith. As a result, the struggle for the soul of the church has been a mighty one. Ideas have been stifled, unity has been strained, projects have been crippled, individuals have been crushed.