“Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to God”– Lenny Bruce
I once saw a movie about Lenny Bruce’s life. I think it was done in the 1970’s. The movie starred Dustin Hoffman and Valerie Perrine. I know that Lenny Bruce is purported to have been an influence on one of my favorite comedians, George Carlin. I really like the quote above and it’s supposed to be one of Lenny’s. I often wonder if Jesus came to found another church or if there is something larger that has largely gone unnoticed. If there is something larger and I believe there is, what is it? What is there about churches that turn people off?
I think there is something very Franciscan in all of this. Jesus is reported to have said to Francis at San Damiano, “Francis, go and rebuild my church which, as you see, is falling into ruin.” If something like that happened to you, what would you do? Where would your focus be? Peace.