For every perpetrator of genocide, there are thousands of passive ones. For every celebrity who squanders his wealth, there is a crowd of gratified gawkers. For every person who publicly perverts our human sexuality and degrades the human body, there are too many who, by cowering in silence, give their assent.
We are told to think that it is when people believe something too strongly - too definitively - that violence becomes inevitable. We are told to believe that by sacrificing absolutes we can achieve peace. And yet holding that all beliefs are merely opinions does not breed peace but indifference. And indifference is but a fertile ground for injustice.
Peace is our goal, but we should accept nothing less than true peace. As long as there is injustice, there is no peace. As long as there is ignorance of the truth, there is no peace. As long as there is sin, there is no peace. As long as there be people who live here on earth outside the sheepfold of Christ, there is no peace. True peace is found only in Jesus Christ and in the Church that He established.
And so I call us to have courage, not to compromise; to seek truth, not amiable company; to love, not to ignore; to serve God, not man. Let us take truth and goodness seriously and live our lives accordingly.
We all, in one way or another, have become culpable, if in not our actions, then at least by our inaction, by our unwillingness to always stand up for what is right.
Kyrie eleison. St Athanasius, St Maximus the Confessor, and St Thomas More, please pray for us. Amen.