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September 22, 2021
Note from the Managing Editor
Today, one of my students argued that when faced with any question, Christians will end up at only one answer — God.  Therefore, to be unbiased, one should approach questions from an atheistic standpoint — and thereby be able to entertain other possibilities.

This is why I love the Catholic faith; we do not believe blindly.  In fact, we are told to "always be prepared to make a defense to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you" (1 Peter 3:15).

We seek the truth and believe it, not because we are told to, but because it is true.  As John Paul II wrote, "Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth."

And if God is who God is, then arriving at Him as the answer cannot be limiting.  He is limitless.  I find this proved true over and over again as I ponder the mysteries of our faith — there is always more to discover.  Take these lines from this week's reflection:

"When we contemplate ourselves we are troubled, and our sadness saves us and brings us to contemplate God; that contemplation in turn gives us the consolation of the joy of the Holy Spirit."

How true is this to my experience, and what it tells me about God, who created us and knows that we work this way!

This Friday is the feast of Our Lady of Walsingham, and we have reprinted a beautiful article about her and her shrine.  "It was popularly spoken of as 'England's Nazareth', and was looked upon as a little piece of the Holy Land in England."  See "Our Lady of Walsingham."

Joseph's surgery was successful, and he is recovering well — thank you all for your prayers.  And God bless you this week! - Meaghen Gonzalez
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