Shalimar has delivered a serious blow to the serenity of RC rank-and-file members here, building first on an element I hadn't thought about too much:
RC had taught me how to look at everything as a positive ‘case study.’ In pretty much everything, we could find Christ. I was also taught not to criticize and I was taught to make excuses for people I felt tempted to judge. I wanted so badly to adopt these attitudes that they became etched in my heart as the way I MUST be in order to become holy. But during our difficult year, I started losing the energy to be so positive, to make everything into something that “Christ was asking of me” and that as a woman of the Kingdom I should accept gracefully.
Her intellect and spirit were rebelling, so that she couldn't bring her brain into conformity with the group think, but she had a brilliant point. The Case Study approach allowed us to always find the good buried in the bad.
That led to the only logical outcome when the real dirt was revealed on the founder:
And then, in 2009, the news of Fr. Maciel’s scandalous behavior, the founder of Regnum Christi, was released to the lay people... I was angry at the news. Hurt. Betrayed. Bewildered. And I knew I had to drive the long drive into town, early in the morning, to meet with my dear sisters and support them in this horrible trial.
What I discovered was a mixture of reactions, which is to be expected of any group of people, considering different personalities and pain thresholds. But I did encounter one reaction more common than my own… that ‘tranquil peace,’ the ‘joy,’ the gratefulness that Fr. Maciel was also a sinner like the rest of us… the ‘let’s move on’ attitude… that asked us to continue down a road when we had been lied to by the founder of our group and his cohorts…
An excellent point -- that the Case Study formation is a critical element setting up the members for this very response. Good work!