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The Catholic Church in North America today is undergoing a crisis of soul, perhaps the most severe one in its young history. Sex scandals among the clergy and the less-than-ideal way the bishops have dealt with this, have left the Church shaken, humbled, and humiliated. It's a dark hour, a painful dark night of the soul.
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Jesus left us the Eucharist as the source of our unity. Sadly, it's often the cause of our division, both among Christian denominations and within them.
The thought of some of the greatest and most influential persons in history seems, at times, riddled with inconsistencies. Jesus, Augustine, Socrates, Aristotle, among others, appear at times to contradict themselves.
Henri Nouwen, in his writings, frequently asked this question: "How can we live inside a world marked by fear, hatred and violence and not be destroyed by it?"