“I have the sense that we Catholics, this Lent, have some serious soul-searching to do during this period of Purification and Enlightenment (as we refer to it in the RCIA). Anyone who has followed the blogosphere or any number of media outlets covering the latest scandals, the latest lawsuits, the latest public debates on religious freedom realizes that it is not only WHAT people are saying that is so disturbing, but HOW they are saying it! Is this REALLY how Catholic Christians should engage in the kind of serious, reasoned discourse that our contemporary world — and its amazingly complex realities — deserves? How does this kind of public behavior reflect the inner transformation that should mark our ongoing metanoia as people of faith?
Specifically for readers of this blog: how can we deacons best serve the common good of all peoples? How can we find ways to reconcile and unite rather than continue the vitriolic alienation of good people who are simply trying to do their best with their lives?”
– Deacon Bill Ditewig, wise as always