False Prophets of Fear

Yesterday I posted an article on anger and noted that anger seems to be prevalent in the political scene coming up.  Fear is also playing a major role in the political rhetoric not only in the political debate, but in many elements in society……Reyanna

By Daniel P Horan, OFM    January 4 – 11, 2016 Issue America Magazine on-line

As we have seen in the increasingly divisive, xenophobic and inflammatory language of this political primary season, fear is the fuel of demagoguery.

As we have witnessed in the unsettling statistics published last December in The New York Times, fear is the catalyst for increased gun sales.

And as the Gospels remind us and our everyday experience of the world sadly confirms, fear is the enemy of Christian discipleship.

Like so many people around the world, I became increasingly despondent during the final weeks and months of 2015. Following the attacks in Paris and the shootings in the United States, I could hardly believe the degree to which fear had preoccupied the hearts and minds of millions. It reminded me of the wisdom of Thomas Merton, the Trappist monk and author, who wrote in his book New Seeds of Contemplation that “at the root of all war is fear: not so much the fear men [and women] have of one another as the fear they have of everything.” (To continue reading, click here.)

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