A moment of darkness

Someone contacted me (via email) last evening expressing their concern that my re-posting of Calumny (re-posted) was a bit over the top as it, in their mind, drew a comparison between the “stop the steal” movement and the unfolding of events in post-1918 Germany that lead to the fall of democracy. That was not my intent – it was a discussion of the teaching of the Catholic Church on the moral consequences of the sin of calumny. Those consequences are simply a matter of history with all the people of the world paying a horrific price. And today is another event of history in which people stormed the US Capitol Building.  It is an ominous sign of the effects of calumny in our time and place and its complete disregard for the truth. I believe it is but a moment of darkness, the will of the people will prevail, but we should never forget this moment.

In this moment, let us pray for peace, a peaceful transition of power – let us use words of prayer that uplift and heal.

Our Fears

17 In this is love brought to perfection among us, that we have confidence on the day of judgment because as he is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment, and so one who fears is not yet perfect in love.

Verse 17 tells us how to have something everybody wants to have. And v.18 tells us how to get rid of something everybody wants to get rid of. We, of course, do not like to talk about fear. We do everything we can to be free from it. Yet fear is an essential part of human existence and, like it or not, some fear will accompany us, always and everywhere, until the end. Continue reading