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By Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture, May 25, 2021

Jeffrey Mirus holds a Ph.D. in intellectual history from Princeton University. A co-founder of Christendom College, he also pioneered Catholic Internet services. He is the founder of Trinity Communications and CatholicCulture.org. See full bio.

There is a fine line between moral prudence and moral cowardice. There is an even finer line between trusting and not trusting God. I admit that discerning these things can be difficult. But in praying with Ezra the other day, I discovered something all of us need to think about more often than we do.

Ezra, as many readers will recall, was permitted by King Cyrus of Persia to spearhead a Jewish mission out of exile and back to Jerusalem, to rebuild the Temple of the Lord. He made ready and at length gathered all those who would accompany him on the banks of the river Ahava. Then, with all in order for what could be expected to be a dangerous journey, Ezra chose not to take advantage of the protection Cyrus had allowed to him. Here is how he explains it: …