We continue and persevere. We have 14 Highland cattle going into autumn here in New Zealand.
Plain Catholics have been on the internet (minimally) since 2007: 15 years. We still avoid social media as much as possible. We choose to focus on real life and real relationships with God and each other.
We continue to get queries from a number of places. All of them, politely and not-so-politely, insist we should form a community. As we have answered, Plain Catholics have never had a community. We are individual families with farms and ranches. This remains our charism and those Plain Catholics who have remained in contact all say that community is not a part of that charism. We are quite simply, not called to community.
There are too many variables involved in forming such a community venture, variables that would take up too much time from family which is a focus for us. Re the logistics of forming and maintaining a Catholic community:
- Land is far too expensive to support a number of families.
- Then there is the Rule of Life that would be necessary. Which one would be used to maintain harmony in a community of families?
- Which model is suitable to Catholic living? The Hutterites (who arguably have one of the most successful communitarian models) have a common heritage of traditions and culture. Plain Catholic families come from many different cultures, many different traditions.
- Who would lead such a community? A priest? A lay leader? A deacon? An abbot?