Friday, February 7, 2003

Friday February 7, 2003

Filed under: General — m759 @ 5:00 AM

Saint’s Day

Today is the birthday of Thomas More, an alleged Catholic saint, and the date of death of Dale Evans, Protestant saint.

As yesterday’s note implies, we should not look to saints, or indeed to religion generally, for truth.  Those who mistake the stories of the Church or the Bible for truth have done, and continue to do, a great deal of harm in this world.  But those who seek, not truth, but values, in stories may sometimes be among the blessed — as Dale Evans certainly was, and as Thomas More, after centuries of atoning for his sins in Purgatory, may, by this time, be.

Let us pray that young Catholics (like the girl pictured at St. Thomas More Catholic School in Chapel Hill, N. C.) learn the proper uses of stories, as well as of more respectable intellectual disciplines.

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