“Is it too much to ask, therefore,…”

Run, don’t walk, to today’s Crisis Magazine offering by Regis Martin.

Just DO IT.


A taste…


In thinking about [Heywood] Broun’s conversion [by then Fr. Fulton Sheen], it is important that we not lose sight of the fact that Sheen himself felt a great urgency to reach out—to try and win this man’s soul for God. His mission, of course, came directly from Christ, to whom he had given his whole life and priestly service. “If Jesus Christ thirsted for souls,” he asked, “must not a Christian also thirst? If he came to cast fire on the earth, must not a Christian be enkindled?”

It would seem almost a no-brainer, right? Isn’t this pretty much the job description for every Christian? Certainly for priests and bishops it is. Who among them would not wish to leave this world having first dispatched great numbers to the heavenly kingdom? Indeed, to be eulogized in words very much like those spoken by Saint John Chrysostom on the feast of the martyrdom of Saint Ignatius of Antioch [yesterday, 1Feb] —that here was “a soul seething with the divine eros”? Is there another, more credible way to give witness to the grace of priestly ordination? What else is there to light fire to the imagination and work of a priest and bishop, if not to save souls? “Unless souls are saved,” said Sheen, “nothing is saved.”   

They were certainly not chosen for administrative or managerial duties.

Or to exchange empty pleasantries over drinks with powerful politicians.

Is it too much to ask, therefore, that maybe one or two of them might begin with Joe Biden? Besides being their president, he happens also to be their brother in Christ, who stands in peril of losing his soul for his refusal—both obdurate and longstanding—to protect innocent, unborn human life. Does Joe Biden not have a phone number that they might use to call him up? Who knows, perhaps catch him on the fly next time he shows up for Mass?




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  1. Vir Qui Timet Dominum says:

    I agree with the author. However, I wonder if Joe Biden is morally culpable for many of his day to day actions. It seems that he’s been used as a puppet for his Democrat handlers – classic elder abuse. The man can barely form a sentence. So while I do pray that he convert back to God, I also pray that God be merciful to him insofar as he is no longer in control. And we should also pray for the conversation of his handlers according to their complicity in his Anti-Catholic policy.

  2. teomatteo says:

    “… I wonder if Joe Biden is morally culpable…”
    He has been at it for years while of a very sound mind. I wont include the link but search for ‘biden saved roe v wade ncregister”
    very disturbing.

  3. Kathleen10 says:

    I have a feeling Joe Biden’s support for abortion goes back decades.
    There is a video of a Christian gentleman, a convert, named Jonathan Caan. I think I spelled his name correctly. The video is at Vox Cantoris, and Mr. Caan speaks prophetically about why we are where we are, spiritually speaking. He mentions Joe Biden, and asks the right question, how can he put one hand on the bible and with the other hand sign executive orders that will cause rivers of blood to flow from our innocents here and around the world, as well as other orders that defy God.
    This video is very powerful. It’s 13 minutes of powerful witness.

  4. JustaSinner says:

    Did Dr. Jill get an annulment? Asking for a friend…

  5. Facta Non Verba says:

    How do we know whether the Bishop or priests may have already talked to President Biden about this, and he stuck with his (bad) position of being personally against abortion and not wanting to impose his personal views on women?

  6. Mark says:

    Matthew 18:15-17

    15 ” If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.
    16 But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every word may be confirmed by the evidence of two or three witnesses.
    17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the Church; and if he refuses to listen even to the Church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.

    I haven’t heard all the bishops come together and tell it to the church, and many still support him and give him communion and do not treat him “as a gentile”.

  7. JoanM says:

    I am personally concerned for Joe Biden, articular judgment with fis record of suorting abortion

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