Preaching the Gospel or Trapping Lies and Falsehoods
I have decided to spend this Lent going through Fr. Robert Barron's Catholicism series. WNED has been airing it on Sunday nights. What strikes me most about the series is Fr. Barron's sheer excitement about what he is talking about. It is contagious and stimulating. He makes me want to delve deeper into my faith and some of what he talks about has found its way into conversations I have had. He is a man in love with the Lord and it shows.
Now contrast that with that other fellow... the one who goes on about lies and falsehoods being trapped and exposed. At the best of times I find him irritating and at the worst of times he can lead me into a sense of anger and outrage. None of these feelings is particularly edifying and they certainly do not make me want to follow just for the sheer joy of it.
I do not wish to minimize the situation we are in so let me summarize. The culture wars are over; we lost. We are facing a world which not only doesn't know who we are but becomes actively hostile if we say anything that threatens their own world view. Some of us are likely to face persecution and death if we persist. I think that about covers it. Now you get a fresh start.
"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age." Mat 28:18-20
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