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By Phil Lawler, Catholic Culture, Feb 02, 2022

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at

Say this much for the past two wretched years: The epidemic has reawakened our understanding of human frailty. And that’s a very good thing.

By now we all realize that you can do all the right things to protect yourself, and still come down with a case of Covid. (For my purposes here, it doesn’t matter whether you think doing “the right things” means having the latest vaccine boosters and wearing a mask, or dosing yourself with ivermectin and zinc and vitamin D. Neither regime will make you invulnerable.) Try as we might, we can never be entirely free from the risk of disease.

That realization has implications that go beyond the current epidemic. Sooner or later each one of us will succumb to some injury or disease. …

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