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By Wendell Hull, Crisis Magazine, March 7, 2022
Wendell Hull has spent a couple of lives in the military and business. He is on his third life as a homeschooling dad and occasional catechist.
The urgent request by Ukrainian Latin Rite bishops for Rome to consecrate Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary reminds me of the Apostles’ plea to Our Lord in the storm. While crossing the Sea of Galilee, a violent storm came upon their boat and began swamping it while Jesus slept on a cushion. In two of the three accounts, the Apostles seem to accuse Jesus of being either oblivious or negligent. Only in Matthew do they ask to be saved.
The Apostles’ panicked words are a mix of faith and fear. God is evidently not watching over them and His Messiah. Maybe He needs help in the matter. While they are not yet clear on Jesus being the Son of the Father, the Apostles had seen miracles performed by the man they followed. Jesus arises, rebukes the sea, and a “great calm” ensues. Not just a calm, but a great calm. …