“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
The Synod is over. From its beginning to its end, speculation was rampant among many Catholics that this Synod was the vehicle by which satan would destroy the Church. Doctrine will be changed, some exclaimed, and schism would happen! Those who hate Pope Francis, and I am appalled by all that do, spoke of him as a man who was evil and would not affirm the teachings of the Church. Fear ran rampant in so many hearts and exploded across the internet. Many good Catholics waited in fearful anticipation of what was to come.
This type of hysterical fear is NOT from God. Peace and Hope come from God, not hate and anxiety. Those who stirred up the fear are now saying, “Well, ok, that didn’t happen, but here’s what else that could have happened.” They remind me of those who proclaim that since there was a blood moon, tragic things will happen, and nothing ever happens.
While it is true that there are those who seek to destroy the Church, both from without, and, sadly, within the Church, this Synod is not now, nor ever was, that vehicle of destruction. The destruction that happened took place in the hearts of those who read what was written , believing those who wrote, not questioning the writers’ “knowledge” of future events concerning the Synod, were damaged spiritually by fear and lack of trust in God. The prayed in anxiety, not hoping in the Holy Spirit.
“What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us?”
What a simple statement of truth! Our Church is based on truth, and therein, is our faith. God will not be defeated by satan. While it is true that we must speak up and defend our Church against the evils of the world, we must first remember that our speculations about future events might not be correct. Prudence is a virtue. Scandal is a sin. Truth is the truth, and Truth cannot be changed.
(By the way, the doctrines of the Church have been affirmed by this Synod.)