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By Joshua Nelson, Catholic Exchange, Feb. 15, 2023

Joshua Nelson attended Franciscan University of Steubenville to earn a BA in Philosophy and a Minor in Finance, along with attending the University of Michigan for a Masters in Accounting. …

One thing I think everyone can agree on in today’s world is that it is very fast paced.  We have phones that we use to instantly communicate with others and to get things done.  Privacy, as we know it, is a thing of the past – modern technology allows for vast levels of surveillance and control.  In a post-Christian world, it’s obvious that there are vast levels of immorality and even Satanic practices – and the world today doesn’t really try to hide it.  Virtue and holiness are the exceptions, not the norm.

Many times these things can really wear on a person who wants to pursue holiness.  “Pessimism is not in being tired of evil but in being tired of good.  Despair does not lie in being weary of suffering, but in being weary of joy.  It is when for some reason or other, good things in a society no longer work that the society begins to decline; when its food does not feed, when its cures do not cure, when its blessings refuse to bless.”  (Chesterton – The Everlasting Man). Admitting the world is a depressing place for authentic Catholics just trying to live out their faith isn’t necessarily far off from the truth.  It’s difficult – not only are there so many opportunities to sin, but there are also so many distractions to turn us away from holiness.  …

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