As they prayed, the place where they were gathered shook, and they were all filled with the holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. (Acts 4:31-32)
Today in our fragmented society, we are most often a far cry from the closeness of those early Christian communities. Regardless, we still need community and seek it in various ways. Voice of the Faithful, for example, offers Catholics a community within the wider community of the church for like-minded people, those who believe in a voice for the laity in church governance and who decry clericalism, secrecy, and scandal.
VOTF members are scattered throughout the world. Some have gathered in local communities as affiliates. Others are too widespread for such direct contact. We are all held together by the worldwide Web, and share programs, resources, and prayers through the Internet.
What is community for you? U.S. Catholic magazine recently pubished an article on its Atavist blog that shows how diverse today's communities can be. Click here to read "Catholic community doesn't look the same for everyone."