Susan Matthiesen shared this link with Mary Ann and me recently after she found one of these Australian objects in a store near where she works. It got me to thinking how we take containers for granted. No matter who we are, where we live, or what period of history, we have always needed containers and for the exact same reasons since time began---to hold things that won't hold themselves.In other words, stuff that refuses to stay together without coercion.
This can also be seen in the necessity for Church since without it we would be all over the place. The ark was and is a good thing because it protects us from our own destruction and preserves us from the elements and forces on the outside. Is it confining, restrictive, and constant? Yes. Is it fixed, unalterable, and cast in stone? Yes, for our own good, because outside of it, as converts know so well, there is freedom, it's true, but there is also a chaos of ideas that fail to provide solutions to the anguish in our lives, however attractive these ideas may appear initially.
It takes much humility and a leap of faith, for some, to decide, "I will be contained, I will obey, I will remain inside, without objection and doubt." Many have chosen the opposite and they have a lot of company, but we know what happens to all things that are not contained. They become lost from what they had a chance to be if they were obedient, properly formed and confined to a discipline given to us by God himself.
|The Nave of a Catholic Church in Hungary. Nave refers to "naval" bringing to mind the ark designed by God for the protection of Noah and his family. When we are inside a church, we are in a sense inside such a vessel.|