We get mail — do we! — and review it all, as we have for more than two decades.
We particularly enjoy your experiences with the miraculous. Please do send those.
Many also lend insights into Catholic combat with the “spirits around us.”
“Regarding your post on strange spirits,” writes Manny Ortiz, “something you might be interested in. I remember attending a youth charismatic retreat in 1986. It was at a small retreat center just outside of Anaconda, Montana. I can’t remember the name. The priest started speaking about discernment, which also included the discernment of spirits.”
“As for me, I always turn to prayer and when I prayed about whether or not I should get the covid vaccine, the answer I got was, ‘You don’t need it.’ So that is my answer. I have not been sick these past two years and I hold Psalm 91 close to my heart. Thank you for the work you do for the Lord; we all have a role to play in this lifetime. I feel my role is to pray for my family and help them to salvation. I also play a major role in the pro-life movement in my area.”
We appreciate the kind words, in these less-than-kind times, while also noting that prayer is important because every person’s body and situation is different. Pray calmly without the intrusion of Youtube and social media. Some “information” has migrated from the merely apocryphal to the dangerous.
“Thank you for your so very balanced comment on the vaccines!” wrote another, Iremengard Haslinger, of Vienna, Austria. “Indeed, it is a matter of conscience and one certainly has to pray what God wants from me personally in my conditions of life!
“My husband is a person with special health risks (lung, nerves…), so in order to protect him and give him some sense of security, I decided to get the jab (but made sure they did not contain cells from aborted babies. I got the Moderna vaccine).
“I am totally in peace, I think for me it was the right decision. And I have no fear about possible adverse effects, because if it was His Will (of which I’m pretty sure it was), then He will be able to protect me (like He can protect me from deadly snakes or when I drink poison). And if I’m going to suffer and die from this, I can offer it up and fly home to my Creator.
“So I really cannot understand why so many good Catholic people fret about side effects, danger, etcetera. We are in God’s Hands; He is totally in control. You only have to have goodwill. Sincerely yours and best greetings in the Divine Will.”
“What viewers should have felt, though, was deep concern. The State Farm ad was a benign example of an important and dangerous new phenomenon in AI: deepfakes. Deepfake technology enables anyone with a computer and an Internet connection to create realistic-looking photos and videos of people saying and doing things that they did not actually say or do.”
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