Rocks & Reforms

By Donna B. Doucette, Executive Director, Voice of the Faithful®


Crazy Horse Memorial, South Dakota

I took a long trip this summer, across the country and back, along a northern route. Of the sights I recall, one especially stands out today: the Crazy Horse Memorial in South Dakota.

It’s unfinished. And huge. Ultimately, it will stand 563 feet high, the tallest sculpture in the world. The head of Crazy Horse alone will be 87 feet tall; that’s 27 feet more than the presidents’ heads on Mt. Rushmore.

Why do I mention this particular sight? Because, as I watched the movie at the visitor center and saw the progress made by one man and his family (no government funds) since the blasting/carving of the mountain began in 1948, I thought of you.

Actually, I thought of all VOTF members and wondered if perhaps we all should see how this one man–Korszak Ziolkowski–tried to carve an entire mountain on his own. And when he died, in 1982, his widow and seven of their children kept on carving.

They are still at it today. Rock by rock. Stone by stone. Decade upon decade.

Slowly the head of Crazy Horse has emerged from the stone.

Just as, slowly, word by word, prayer by prayer, and Catholic by Catholic, we see reforms coming into focus.

But you don’t carve a mountain in a day. Or a year. And you don’t change the Church in a mere decade.

As we continue our now-12-year journey, we should take joy in the reforms that emerge, however slowly; resist the landslides to the past; and remember that our “monumental” efforts will bring a living, joyful Church to our century.

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