For those of us who did not live through the Cuban Missile Crisis, the context may not be immediately evident.
St. Sylvester stands as an example to the Church in 2016 and 2017. We still have issues about our public presentation and relationship to various governments. We still struggle with reconciliation, especially among different races. And we still divide ourselves over fundamental theological disagreements. Perhaps our New Year's resolution, as a church, ought not to be to solve these problems too quickly.
"Let me give you a piece of advice," said the man. Wishing he wouldn't, I nevertheless nodded my head.
Could I ask, with the martyr St. Stephen, "O Lord, give me every disadvantage, every difficulty, every hardness. Send me out with no tools, no friends, no worldly hopes of vengeance or reward. Put me among the hateful, the violent, the diseased, the unstable"?
We can go wrong by not preaching against things. Most preachers (and I include myself in this category) are cowards.