Saturday, 26 December 2020

Is this the time of "the abomination of desolation"?

Yesterday was Christmas. It was a rather lovely day with the family. We gathered early in the morning around the tree, ate a late brunch, and watched three Christmas movies back-to-back in our pyjamas. It was a generous reprieve from the nonsense of the past year. We have become exhausted with the incessant talk of COVID-19 for months on end, and are just waiting for it to be finished.

That was yesterday. Today is St. Stephen's Day, a brand new day. As I write this on the feast of the protomartyr, St. Michael's Cathedral sits empty while Toronto Pearson International Airport is packed with people. I thought we were in the midst of a global pandemic and rising case numbers that necessitated a provincial lockdown? If so, why is it business as usual at Toronto Pearson and not business as usual at St. Michael's Cathedral?

St. Michael's Cathedral remains closed...

Our Premier, Mr. Ford, talks about how we must do everything in our power to make sure the curve is flattened and the vulnerable are protected. The local Cardinal, Thomas Collins, says much the same.

...while Toronto Pearson is open for business.

Yet, one has allowed Toronto Pearson to remain open for business while the other has deprived the Mass to his faithful. Both men have categorically gone against the principles they supposedly hold dear. (Cardinal Collins has been followed by his Ontario brethren, with the exception of Bishop Bergie.) 

It is upsetting, to say the least.

Are we in the time of the "abomination of desolation," as I allude to in the title of this post? I will let readers come to their own conclusions about that. After all, St. Michael's sits empty and our Cardinal does not put up a fight.

Regardless, we must do our best to rise above the "abomination of desolation," and buck the trend of cultural Catholicism. In the post below, we heard from a Jew who correctly noted that God offered a window for America to turn back to Him. Instead, our southern neighbours continued on with the same old nonsense. It is now rearing back on its hind legs and biting them - hard. Much the same could be said for Canada, only we were stuck with Trudeau rather than Trump. As Canadian Catholics, I fear we have been too compliant with the promotion of deadly sin for far too long as a society, because we had our cultural, nominal Catholicism. That was enough to satiate our needs, but the time has come and gone for that. We need to only look towards Cardinal Collins to see the fruit of that collective mindset.

As Catholics, we are asked to be counter-cultural and become something more for those around us. Break the cycle. What that means for each of us individually differs, but break the cycle we must. 

Cardinal Collins would be a good candidate for that by opening St. Michael's Cathedral in the same way the Ontario government has kept Toronto Pearson open - but I am not holding my breath.

We may be in the time of the "abomination of desolation," but that doesn't mean we need to sink into despair and dejection, as I have unfortunately seen too many Catholics (including myself) fall into since March 13th. 

After all, peace and hope has just come to us once again in the form of the Infant Jesus.

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