By Fr. Mike Schmitz, Ascension Presents - When we pray “lead us not into temptation”, it may seem like God has the capacity to tempt us. But that’s not the case. God does not tempt us, but he can and sometimes must put us through tests. Here are a four helpful ways to look at this part of the Our Father: Tests reveal things to us. When God tests us, it reveals how much faith, hope, and love we have in God and for God.
By Mary Farrow, CNA - Bishops across the United States have suspended public liturgies and closed church buildings in the past few weeks in response to state-issued public safety policies, and Catholic leaders have warned of an immediate revenue shortfall. Consequences of that shortfall include staff reductions, furloughs, and decreased hours.
By Fr. Mark Withoos, Crisis Magazine - A cardinal, a Prince of the Church, remains locked up in a small cell, separated from all, locked in, and without access to the sacraments. No, this is not coronavirus, and this is not Italy. In many ways it is a metaphor—we might even be forgiven for thinking it a paragraph from Lord of the World—but for the man concerned, George Cardinal Pell, it is not a metaphor but reality.
By Jules Gomes, Church Militant - In stark contrast, the new "Mass in Time of Pandemic" Collect asks God to "look with compassion on the afflicted, grant eternal rest to the dead, comfort to mourners, healing to the sick, peace to the dying, strength to health care workers, wisdom to our leaders and the courage to reach out to all in love."… "This new version does not express a genuine Catholic understanding of pandemic," eminent English writer Nick Donnelly told Church Militant, "but instead presents a sanitized caricature of God that completely ignores the divine truth revealed in Sacred Scripture and Holy Tradition; that pestilence can express God's wrath at the human race sunk in the depths of sinful depravity."