40 days to Freedom


Day 5

Reflection

"Freedom from Cowardice"


by Fr. Rick Heilman

 

Recently, Facebook suspended my account for 24 hours for sharing a video of a doctor who has had success with a treatment for Covid-19. The video that, supposedly, does not follow Facebook's community standards, has 1.5 million views in one week, and was not banned on Youtube.

 

What's going on here? Obviously, this is about the ongoing threat of my willingness to speak the "truth" openly, which is not allowed by the "Mob," who is clearly in power now. This action by Facebook is an example of the classic "chilling effect" meant to place fear in anyone who does not stay within the lines of the Mob's agenda. "Chilling effect" is a term in law and communication that describes a situation where a speech or conduct is suppressed by fear of penalization at the interests of an individual or group.

 

The problem, right now, is that this "chilling effect" is proving to be very effective. The vast majority of people are cowering in fear. Even religious leaders are kowtowing to the Mob. Why? Because speaking the truth openly is considered "divisive." In other words, because those who "oppose the Holy Spirit" aggressively express their offense of Divine Revelation (Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition)we must remain silent on these teachings. For the sake of unity, we must silently sit by and allow the normalization of killing babies, the demise of the nuclear family, homosexuality, gender dysphoria (grown men share a bathroom with little girls), Marxism, etc.

 

These growing calls for silence, amid the mounting aggression of the mob, have turned an incrementalism of evil into a bum-rush of everything that betrays the will of God.

 

Archbishop Fulton Sheen wrote, "The refusal to take sides on great moral issues is itself a decision. It is a silent acquiescence to evil. The Tragedy of our time is that those who still believe in honesty lack fire and conviction, while those who believe in dishonesty are full of passionate conviction."

 

Jesus did not prescribe this silent acquiescence to evil as a way to avoid division. We are not to kowtow to any "chilling effect" from the Mob.

Instead, we must be willing to boldly speak the truth with love, in spite of the backlash that is sure to come:

"Brother will hand over brother to death, and the father his child; children will rise up against parents and have them put to death. You will be hated by all because of my name, but whoever endures to the end will be saved" (Matthew 10:21-22).

 

There it is: "... but whoever endures to the end will be saved."  

Therefore, I must ask myself: "What if I got hit by a car today and must stand before the judgement trone of God?"

Will I be eternally condemned for speaking truth that might have been divisive or offended people?

Or, will I be saved because I stood with Christ and His Truth, endured in fortitude, and was unafraid to thwart the advancement of evil in our times, regardless of what the consequences were?

 

What will YOU choose ... courage or cowardice?


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