The encounter with Christ in Pope Francis:

“Christian morality is not a titanic effort of the will, the effort of someone who decides to be consistent and succeeds, the solitary response in the face of the challenges of the world. No. Christian morality is simply the heartfelt response to a surprising, unforeseeable, ‘unjust’ mercy, the mercy of one who knows me, knows my betrayals and loves me just the same, appreciates me, embraces me, calls me again, hopes in me, and expects from me. This is why the Christian conception of morality is a revolution: it is not a never-falling down, but an always-getting up again.”[1]

[1] Discovering Pope Francis, The Roots of Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s Thinking,  Edited by Brian y. Lee and Rev. Thomas L. Knoebel, Liturgical Press Academic 2019, 171.

After-thought: I would offer that the Virus is the harbinger of a new world cultural era of the personal encounter alluded to above. Could it be that the Virus is permitted by the Lord to clear the decks for the encounter? Notice the apparent heretofore ineffectiveness of the disciples of Christ to make Him known and establish Him at the center. The most brutal obstacle has been the almost universal attachment to self and unfeeling indifference to the personal relation at hand cum boredom. Suddenly and universally (literally, globally), there is rapt attention and intense interest – everywhere and in everyone. There has been a global change in life-style in our everydayness while we await the inevitable crash to the bottom of the economy as we cannot work with others without dying. Is this hyperbole?

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