Possibly I need to invest my Sunday mornings in a pew once again. But in which church? Even though my grandfather was a strict Lutheran preacher, the compelling goodness of New Salem’s priest, Fr. John Guthrie, provokes me to think about a conversion to Catholicism.

The tradition in which we are not-thriving is hopelessly sick — flagrantly functioning on raw greed, limitless acquisitiveness and the veritable worship of power above many others. About a fourth of U.S. garages are so full
of things that there’s no place for parking a vehicle. Most ominous of all, hundreds of thousands of us feel not to treatment a whit for the welfare of anyone aside from ourselves.

But in a Dec. 5 news tale, Guthrie pointed out that the COVID-19 pandemic, catastrophic as it is, has furnished an (unsought) opportunity to basically reform this poisonous culture.

Discussion board News Assistance reporter Adam Willis reported that Guthrie hopes the pandemic is prompting all of us to reflect intensely “on the obligations owed in between neighbors, communities and nations around the world.”

I heartily concur with Guthrie’s conversion-inspiring insight: the moment the pandemic is more than, we want to deliberately reject returning to the hollowness and thoughts-boggling selfishness of our pre-COVID lifestyle together, and as an alternative expand into a planet “much further than wherever we have been.”

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We say we simply cannot wait around to get again to our outdated lives, but, as Guthrie encouraged, “maybe ‘get back’ is not the right phrase.” I would simply remove the “maybe” from his sentence.

Vicki Voldal Rosenau lives in Valley City, N.D.