- Aug 6, 2020
The danger is “when we protect ourselves and only watch what we like,” Michael Higgins, a Canadian author and professor, said at a Catholic media conference, which leads people to “form caricatures of other voices” equating them to strangers, foreigners and eventually enemies.
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.
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.
Instead of using his visit to America last year to strictly lecture politicians and the public about the moral failures of a nation that has drifted far from upholding Catholic ideals about life and family, Pope Francis offered us something to aspire to.
When Thomas Merton was master of scholastics at the Monastery at Gethsemani in 1962, he remarked that “everyone should get spiritual direction.” This was a wildly radical notion for its time. Back then, the only people who received spiritual direction — in the West, at least — were ordained clergy.
Once I believed that when you found faith, it rarely wavered. Then I learned that even saints had massive doubts about God. How reassuring. If even the holiest of the holy had second thoughts, why not me? Maybe we Catholics should talk more about doubt. It actually is an intrinsic