Hello Brother Knights,
As I wonder about the world in recent times, I sometimes feel overwhelmed. Someone cuts me off in traffic and my response is anger. Others are upset that wealthy people are getting even richer and they seem to be getting all the (tax) breaks. Others are angry that foreigners are being allowed into our country; after all, they might be terrorists in disguise. Fear and Anger seems to be a motivating factor in lots of people lately. Fear at the imagined dangers hidden in others, anger that someone disagrees with us because, “we are right”. People are spreading extremist messages spouting fear and hatred of others on just about any topic and from all perspectives. It seems like everybody is supposed to hate ‘the other’. We don’t even know who the “other” people are, but we are told to call them “Enemy”, “Traitor”, “Stupid”, and many other dehumanizing terms. How do we fit in? What should we do?
So, what do we do when we see or experience something that seems to challenge our beliefs? Do we roll over and let it go because we’re afraid to rock the boat? Do we get angry and vilify everyone we think may have been involved? I think neither option serves us very well. Allowing others to roll over us in their ignorance or arrogance (whichever it is) will hurt both of us, whose faith is being trampled, and them, whose faith will not be enhanced by a positive encounter with us. Getting angry will only serve to encourage the anger or resentment from the other side and will lead to further hurt both ways. In fact, that kind of anger only serves Satan, who wants us to be angry at each other. The angrier we get, the more we divide up the Church and the more he is winning, and we are losing.
So, there is a better way. As Catholics, we hold to the Faith that Christ Loves us all equally. Each and every one of us is a child of God “even when we are not faithful, God will always be faithful” (2 Tim 2:13). We are called to be Saints (1 Cor 1:2). We are expected to “Live in a manner worthy of the call we have received” (Eph 4:1-6). The Church needs us to heed our call to sainthood. She needs more saints here in the world to help heal the World. We need to avoid being influenced by the world around us; We need to live in Christ and allow Christ to influence the world through us. We need to recognize Christ in all people and love him in others, even when those around us seem to hate.
Pray Brothers that we can come to know our own sins and come to know ourselves as sinners who can be and are being saved by God’s love and that we can use that self-awareness to guide how we see others. We ask God to send his Spirit on us, so that we can have help in discernment and right judgement (Jer 22:3), so that we can see Christ in others as well, even when they (and we) are not faithful.