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Issue 030: Modern Victim Culture and "Doubting" Thomas
He is risen, alleluia! We hope everyone is continuing to enjoy a happy and holy Easter season. Yesterday (May 2) was the Feast of St. Athanasius, Bishop, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church. Almost alone, St. Athanasius had the courage to stand against the heresies of his day. May 1 was the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, remembering St. Joseph’s patient labor in support of the Virgin Mary and the Christ child.
This newsletter, we offer two articles for your reading. The first, an Easter reflection on St. Thomas, and the second on the current victim culture so common in our world today as contrasted to the true victimhood modeled by Our Lord.
The Apostle Who Doubted… And Believed
St. Thomas the Apostle is commonly known as “Doubting Thomas.” Yet despite his early doubts, we owe him a great deal of gratitude, for Thomas’s doubts served us in a way that the faith of other other apostles did not. For once he had his doubts satisfied, Thomas immediately proclaimed the risen Christ as his Lord and God. Read more here.
False Victimhood and True Victimhood
A certain victim mentality is extremely tempting and popular today, not only on college campuses, where it seems to have originated, but in the world at large as well. Even the smallest offense is trumpeted all over social media. The suppossed victim too often becomes an unpleasant mix of extremely entitled and extremely unforgiving. How different from the true victimhood of Our Lord, the model which Christians are obligated to follow. Read more here.
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