Monk’s Corner


Sunday Meditations from Greeley, CO

From Deacon Joseph Meilinger

Your local ersatz monk.

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1868        Sin is a personal act. Moreover, we have a responsibility for the sins committed by others when we cooperate in them:

— by participating directly and voluntarily in them;

— by ordering, advising, praising, or approving them;

— by not disclosing or not hindering them when we have an obligation to do so;

— by protecting evil doers.

Random Thought 1: As I write today I am struck by the scandal and confusion present in the Church today. However, I comforted to some degree by the gospel I proclaimed on Thursday this week. Matthew 16:13-23. Jesus makes us a promise as he establishes Peter as the rock upon which he builds his Church (Greek ecclesia). He promises us that the gates of the netherworld will not prevail against his Church. Netherworld (Greek Hadés) is the abode of the dead and is conceived to be a walled city whose gates will not close in on the Church of Jesus, i.e., it will not be overcome by the power of death.

        This is not to say that the powers of evil will not sit back and patiently wait for the Lord to come but will constantly bring the Church under attack. One of the most serious situations for us comes in the attacks upon Christianity (read Catholics) in the Middle East. Throughout the world today four out of every five persons murdered for their religious beliefs are Christians. At this time in various parts of the world 215,000,000 Christians are under terrible persecution. Their trials seem to make ours in the West very mild indeed. It seems that in our determination to eradicate ISIS we are in fact eradicating the Christian Church in Syria and Iraq, where Christianity was born. Our targets must be picked more judiciously and we must be aware of the Christians who live among these radical muslims. Going in and bombing and destroying at will does not solve the problem we are attempting to solve and it is Christianity that becomes the innocent victim of war.

        Please pray for the people, especially Christians, in the Middle East.