I heard Fr. Jonathon Morris on Fox & Friends yesterday morning and a strange irony struck me. He was talking about how he was on an assignment not related to Fox News. I didn’t catch where, but I believe it was in an Arab nation. He made the comment that he does not feel very comfortable and safe wearing his collar, so he doesn’t wear it in public.
It struck me that the Muslim man who converted to Catholicism and was baptized by Pope Benedict this past Easter Vigil had just finished putting his life, literally on the line, by boldly declaring his Christian / Catholic faith and urging others to do so, also - as our Holy Father has done,too - yet a priest is not willing to do this.
I know there will be lots of replies that this is a hard thing to do and to be honest, I don’t know if I would have the courage this new convert has, but I still find it ironic that these two stories emerged within days of each other.
Pray for our Church and our leaders - and our new converts.