I’ve really been putting off writing this one for weeks, because it’s been so depressing watching the response to, well, everything. To me, it seems most Catholics don’t really believe our prayers are efficacious in any way. What’s the latest thing to lead me to this theory? This:
I don’t know if Bishop Taylor noticed but Easter is FOUR weeks away. Why is he so trigger happy? You’d think he’d want to, maybe, wait at least a couple of weeks before making that call? A lot could happen between now and then. And, you know, we are praying for a speedy end, so there’s that. Maybe before going nuclear, he should get his rear outside and do a little Eucharistic procession, even if all by himself, around his city like the priest in Italy did.
Before that, there were a lot of troubling little things in the Church. I think the last one before the Corona Crazy hit was the dropping of the Amazon doc. No women deacons, no married priests, but, rather than cheer with glee, the response of many faithful was, “Oh, don’t worry, they’ll still get it in somehow.” My gosh! Didn’t many priests, bishops and cardinals ask us to pray and fast for that one? Didn’t we do just that? Can’t we, just maybe, think that our prayers were answered and give a “Thanks be to God!”? How about, at the very least, don’t jeer the people who believe their prayers were answered, even if only temporarily, or call them naive, as if you have sort of divine information connection?
Every time something positive happens, the Eeyores come out. I wonder why the heck every one of them ever bothers to suggest we pray, fast, etc. themselves, because they never seem to expect a positive outcome. Some of us, however, are trying to have the faith of at least a mustard seed. So, in our present time of chaos, and whether you be a liberal or conservative, can we all put a little effort into having faith that our prayers will work?