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Pastor’s Corner 3.19.2023

Seeing Clearly

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Today we hear the Gospel of the man born blind.  The message is that those who think they see are sometimes blind and those who appear blind can sometimes see quite clearly.

There are some who say that, in our day, many people are blind to what is true, right and good.  “To assert something as true, right or good today is almost scandalous.  After all, we live in the Great Age of Relativism.  This is where the unjudging open mind reigns supreme.  It is where we are to uncontroversially float amongst diametrically opposed, fiercely contradictory orthodoxies and dreamily nod in agreement that all are true and good and equal at the same time.”   No!  “It is okay to say that something is true.  That something is right.  That something is good.”

Jesus Christ revealed to His disciples who God is; who we truly are and the plan that God has for us.  Jesus revealed through His life, death, resurrection and ascension to glory, the means for fulfilling God’s plan – we know it as the Gospel.  He entrusted the Gospel to the Church that He established and that He commissioned to baptize, teach and serve in His name.

“The Catholic Church does not believe in compelled faith. To be sure, it believes in the True, the Right, the Good, and believes in teaching, persuading, encouraging people to personally encounter it.  But the Church believes that each person, out of their God-given freewill, must ultimately choose the path they will take.  That choice is the foundation of the dignity God bestowed upon us.  As St. John Paul II once reminded:

Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.

“Yes, it’s okay to say that something is True. That something is Right. That something is Good… In fact, nowadays, it is necessary.” Lord Jesus, healer of our blindness, help us all to see clearly.

Sincerely yours in Christ Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life,

Quoted texts are excerpted from an article by Tod Worner entitled, “In the Age of Relativism, We Must Speak the Truth” that appeared on the on-line edition of the National Catholic Register, on March 19, 2017.