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By Constance T. Hull, Catholic Exchange, April 22, 2021

Constance T. Hull is a wife, mother, homeschooler, and a graduate with an M.A. in Theology with an emphasis in philosophy. …


Down through the ages the Church has found herself re-living Holy Thursday over and over again. St. Peter, St. James, and St. John enter the Garden of Gethsemane with Our Lord. As He prays in agony to the Father, the Apostles fall asleep. Our Lord warns them to remain awake so they may not undergo the test. In other words, stay alert and spiritually prepare for we don’t know the hour of His return or testing. We don’t know exactly when persecution will come upon us and we as the Church will once more enter into Our Lord’s Passion. The Apostles continue to sleep despite Our Lord’s warnings for they were overcome with sorrow. The hour He repeatedly warns them about comes much quicker than any of them expect, so they flee.

We are living in such times again today and a growing number in the laity and the clergy are growing frustrated with the hierarchy. Many of them still seem to be asleep in the Garden as the hour of danger approaches. COVID-19 has served to accelerate great divisions in our nation.  . …