“The Catholic Church is an institution I am bound to hold divine — but for unbelievers a proof of its divinity might be found in the fact that no merely human institution conducted with such knavish imbecility would have lasted a fortnight.” —Hilaire Belloc
People are making a killing off panic. Whether it is panic about COVID, panic about country-wide protests, or any other kind of panic, you can bet there are pundits; politicians; and yes, even churchmen waiting in the wings to make their careers off other people’s fear. If you think the circles you run in are different, think again. I love Catholic and conservative podcasts, news sites, blogs, and radio shows as much as you do, but they are in large part becoming way too focused on the negative. Sure, there is plenty of negative on which to focus, but that has always been the case, and it is the job of Christians — of saints — to be the light to a negative, evil world.
St. Peter, the first pope and the man to whom Christ handed the keys to the kingdom, was a miserable sinner. He denied Christ on the night before His passion, which happened after he was made the first pope, after he received Holy Communion at the last supper, and after years of watching Christ perform miracles. This man, now honored as a great saint, the man Jesus handpicked to found His Church, denied Christ. …
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