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COMMENTARY: So many are asking, ‘What do we do now?’ Here is my humble plan.

By Janet E. Smith, EWTN News, February 16, 2021

Janet E. Smith Janet E. Smith, Ph.D., is a retired professor of moral theology.

Janet E. SmithPeople sometimes treat me like they think I possess some wisdom. Perhaps it is because I am old or that I defended Humanae Vitae or because I act like I know it all.

I try to impress upon people that any wisdom I have demonstrated over the years has not been mine but that of the Church. When my mother had dementia, I occasionally found myself more or less making up answers to try to satisfy her incessant questioning. Once she asked me why they made waffle cones so big. I told her few people ate them; they would eat some of a waffle cone and throw the rest out. She asked me, “How do you know that?” As I searched for an answer, she turned to my nephew and said, “You ask her a question and get an answer but have no idea whether it is true or not.”

She had my number.

Those of us who are old find it hard not to give advice when asked, so, on the off chance that I might have learned something in my 70 years, I am going to try to give some kind of answer to the question: “What do we do now?” …

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