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*Image: St. Vincent Ferrer Preaching by Alonso Cano, 1644-45 [Santander Foundation, Madrid, Spain]

By Dawn Beutner, The Catholic Thing, April 30, 2021

Dawn Beutner, a new contributor, is the author of Saints: Becoming an Image of Christ Every Day of the Year (Ignatius Press 2020) and writes at She has been a parish Respect Life leader in three states for many years.


Dawn BeutnerShould you receive a COVID vaccine? Should you refuse? Just as we have been inundated with news of COVID for over a year, so now we (or Catholics, at least) are awash in differing and often vehement opinions about whether or not individuals can receive the vaccine in good conscience.

I will save you a repetition of the spectrum of arguments on this topic; they are easy to find online. Instead, I would like to draw attention to how a saint acted when faced with a similar situation, though it had nothing to do with a disease and everything to do with bringing wisdom to an international crisis. …

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