In the 1995 Academy Award winning movie “Braveheart,” the main character, William Wallace, delivers a powerful speech to a group of men who are considering running away from battle:
Whether it appears on Facebook, Twitter or a dozen other similar venues, a high percentage of online discussions—whatever the topic—eventually devolve to the point of invective, pejorative, and name-calling. The apex of this is often considered to be something called “Godwin’s Law.”
After an accusation was made against him during his confirmation process two years ago, Judge Brett Kavanaugh submitted his highly-detailed personal calendar from his high school days as exculpatory evidence. Some of his opponents noticed that “going to Mass” was not on his calendar—and that seemed an odd omission for a devout Catholic.
On a recent episode of Father Spitzer’s Universe, Father discussed the availability of a Covid-19 vaccine and the ethics of producing and utilizing a vaccine that has been developed using fetal cells from aborted babies.
The United States is increasing in “Nones,” i.e, those who claim no religious affiliation.
Imagine we’re writing the current chapter in a history of human relationships to government and God. This 2020 installment comprises a pandemic, social polarization, tragedies of life and livelihood, political paralysis, tragic urban violence, and countless souls in turmoil. The short-term solutions we forge from ad hoc policies and practices could lead to greater crises and disputes. We Catholics should be glad that we are “cast” and that a loving God is actually overseeing the real plot line.
“Be not afraid!”
We’re all in this together.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta’s life was a miracle, so to speak, in itself. At the age of eighteen, Mother Teresa left her home in Skopje, North Macedonia to join the Sisters of Loreto in Ireland, never to see her family again.