One Simple Word


From the front steps of 4000 Cedar Creek Drive you can see the top steeple of St. Johns Catholic Church. It looks incredible during the fall. I really don’t know much about St. Johns but when I walk around the village I tend to make it part of my route. I actually grew up attending St. Mary’s Catholic Church in McHenry. I also attended Montini Catholic School until 8th grade. I still see some of my classmates on a regular basis and would run into them when I went to Holy Apostles in McHenry. So as you can see religion has played some part in my life – though over the years my loyalties have severely diminished. But this posting isn’t about my lack of faith in the Catholic Church – it’s about faith in general.

By definition, Faith is the “confident belief or trust in the truth or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing”.

I have come to the conclusion that with faith people will achieve a common good. I don’t think it matters if you are Catholic, Jewish, Buddhist or Lutheran. I think that with an open heart anything can be accomplished. I would like to think that somewhere, somehow everyone can at least agree on that. Which brings me to this – many of us in Walla-Pa-Looza have very different opinions on politics, sports, music, religion and much more. But what brings us together is faith. We have faith that whatever miniscule amount we can raise in the fight against cancer – it will help.

I heard one of the volunteers jokingly say that naming Walla-Pa-Looza after part of my last name drove my ego – but truthfully it never has. The name was just an event that turned into an organization. I have a weird, twisted way of thinking that it was fait accompli – an accomplished fact; an action which is completed before those affected by it are in a position to query or reverse it. Either way, the name is just that, a name. It is the common goal that is important.

I have faith because I have seen so many good things come from it. It is nice to see so many people in our community being brought together by one simple word.

Now, if I could just get my act together and get back to church …