We need alarmists

Posted April 18, 2017 9:25 pm by Admin

The Word of God has a generous collection of alarmisms: “I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse”; “repent and believe in the Gospel”; you “brood of vipers”; you “whitened sepulchres”; the parable of the sheep and goats, among many others—all familiar terrain for the believer. Jesus had the awkward habit of talking about hell—far more often, in fact, than St. Paul ever did. Pope Francis is a compelling alarmist when he speaks about our destruction of the environment and our treatment of the poor. Irenaeus was an alarmist. Augustine was an alarmist. Basil was

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