- Jul 15, 2020
Seven Catholics, the Kings Bay Plowshares, say that the time they’ve spent in prison for breaking into a Naval base filled with nuclear submarines to protest the nuclear threat to the world is worthwhile to bring attention to the issue. However, now it seems that most people aren’t even awake to the threats surrounding us all.
Catholic author Myles Connolly (1897-1964) thought that fatherhood could be a path to holiness. His daughter, in a preface to a new edition of his 1951 novel ‘Dan England and the Noonday Devil,’ said a “father is called upon to model heroic love for his family.”
When anti-war organizations are excluding pro-life groups from their activities, it highlights the incoherence of the culture wars. What can we say about these anti-war leaders having abortion purity tests for their movements? It seems they have little or no sense of how intertwined the pro-life and anti-war movements have been and continue to be.
In a time of hot-tempered political polarization, it is all too easy to fuel the divides. But doing nothing faced with the tide of racism and xenophobia unleashed by the Trump election feels wrong too. Father Michael Rogers suggests a third way, inspired by the Catholic Worker movement.
The stories of the lives of saints on earth are gifts for which we can be grateful, as we are grateful for works of art. Someone once wrote that the saints are like actors in a play, and the script of that play is the gospel.