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As a young man, I was consumed by anger at the state of the world and hated those I thought responsible. Save me, Lord, from falling into that trap today regarding the Church.

By Joseph Pearce, Crisis Magazine, May 30, 2023

Joseph Pearce a senior contributor to Crisis. He is director of book publishing at the Augustine Institute, editor of the St. Austin Review, and series editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions. An acclaimed biographer and literary scholar, his latest book, Benedict XVI: Defender of the Faith, is newly published by TAN Books. His website is

Joseph Pearce

Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It’s been many years since I committed the particular sins that I will now confess again. You have already forgiven them in the sacrament of penance, during that first sacramental confession which I made when I was received into your Son’s Mystical Body, the Catholic Church, oh so many years ago. I want to confess them again as a remembrance of those sins. I want to remember them so that I remain mindful of the danger of descending once again into those days of darkness and into that daze of desolation.

As a young man, I was full of anger, an anger which turned into the bitterness of hatred. I believed that the world was in a mess and was getting worse. I hated those whom I thought were responsible. I attacked them with the violence of my words. …

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