If one pays attention to the world about, it is often apparent that there is a strange dichotomy in place, nearly side by side. It’s that old traditional saw about the battles between good and evil, it’s the wheat and the weeds, etc. Sometimes, it’s the crucifixion and resurrection – something good somehow coming from something bad.
Charlotte has suddenly been thrust into the darkness of civil unrest following another police shooting. It matters not that the police officer was black, all that matters is that the victim was black. It seems we are now in a state where chaos will be triggered no matter what the circumstances. Here is the image of Charlotte America now sees:
To be clear, I do not know what happened. I don’t know if the shooting was justified or unjustified. I don’t know if the victim was truly a victim because no gun was involved, or if he was in fact a criminal who threatened the officer with a gun, reaping what he sowed. What I do know is that I don’t know, and what I do know is that few, if any at all, of the protesters know at this point, either. The police department is being criticized today for not releasing the video of the incident. I don’t know enough about it to judge it myself, but I am nearly certain that we have reached a level of discord that the video could clearly show an man pointing a gun directly at police and there would still be people ignoring it, so that they can use this unfortunate circumstance to do harm to others.
And yet, I read another article today about Charlotte’s boom in seminarians.
Here are a couple excerpts from the article.
“For the first time in its 44-year history, the Diocese of Charlotte has 24 men in formation in three seminaries. A contributing factor to the record number of seminarians this year has been the establishment of a minor seminary in Charlotte, St. Joseph’s College Seminary.”
“Under the steady and orthodox leadership of Bishop Peter Jugis the diocese has fostered a strong devotion to the Eucharist. Just this past weekend Charlotte hosted its 12th Eucharistic Congress. 15,000 people participated this year, many arriving early Saturday to join in the annual Eucharistic Procession through the streets of downtown Charlotte.”
Now, the article I linked to tends to think it’s all about Traditionalism. That’s OK. I don’t disregard the fact that those who prefer a Traditional Liturgy will tend to be more orthodox. I do think it’s a mistake to equate orthodoxy with Traditionalism. I consider myself entirely orthodox when it comes to submitting to the magesterial teachings of the Church, while considering certain elements of worship as preferences. I think we fight too much about things that are preferences. But I digress.
The reason I point out the article is as a juxtaposition of the anger and hatred on display right now. In the heart of it is the following picture of Charlotte:
I’m often reminded of the stories of hope during World War II, even among those in concentration camps or those threatened with that possibility. The images above and those stories serve as a reminder to us that we are a world in constant opposition. God wants us, and the Devil wants to take us away from God. Evil manifests itself in countless ways. But no matter how much darkness there seems to be, and no matter where you are and what is happening, God has pockets of light. A little light can break through a lot of darkness.
The men above are the men who can help heal Charlotte.