Having spent more than a few years dealing with mental patients, I thought I was pretty well informed about the etiology of psychosis.
After Paul had testified before King Agrippa, Festus shouted, "You are mad, Paul; such language is driving you mad!" He assumed that Paul was the sort of fanciful intellectual the sober Romans disdained — living in an unreal ivory tower while the sturdy Romans built real towers and aqueducts and bridges. Paul said, "I am not mad, most excellent Festus. I am speaking words of truth and reason." Agrippa then said half sardonically, "You will soon persuade me to play the Christian."
Christians are presently engaged in a confrontation with authorities in our nation that resembles Paul on trial. Some of those authorities assume that anyone who believes in a "certain Jesus who had died but who Paul claimed was alive" must be mad. With admirable unity our bishops are defying the intimidations of our present government, like Paul in Caesarea. This discomforts those vague Catholics who prefer Caesar and his largesse to Christ and His sacrifice.
I recently received a note saying that that the bishops are exaggerating the state of things to mislead the people. I should be glad to disprove that in public debate — for there is no substance to such a view — but the note was anonymous. Paul was not mad, and on the Feast of the Holy Trinity, we celebrate the mystery that will always be a puzzle to those who define reality on their own terms: "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you" (2 Corinthians 13:13).
Father George William Rutler. "Like Paul in Caesarea." From the Pastor (June 3, 2012).
Reprinted with permission of Father George W. Rutler.
Since 1988 his weekly television program has been broadcast worldwide on EWTN. Father Rutler has published 17 books, including: Cloud of Witnesses - Dead People I Knew When They Were Alive, Coincidentally: Unserious Reflections on Trivial Connections, A Crisis of Saints: Essays on People and Principles, Brightest and Best, Saint John Vianney: The Cure D'Ars Today, Crisis in Culture, and Adam Danced: The Cross and the Seven Deadly Sins.
Copyright © 2012 Father George W. Rutler
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