I heard a rumor of a parish in our deanery having some experience with vandalism. I’ve read more about it in social media. My Catholic friends have varying views. Some see it as the godless left taking out its frustrations on god-fearing folk. Others question our association with figures like Christopher Columbus and others of morally problematic acts toward non-white persons. A good discussion opportunity beckons.
Symbols are important. If they weren’t people wouldn’t be spending so much energy on flags, statues, walks across bridges, local police stations, and internet memes of screaming women and cats supporting their views.
Just a question: when other people’s symbols were targeted were we united in standing with them?
A favorite reminder from a favorite saint:
To bear with patience wrongs done to oneself is a mark of perfection, but to bear with patience wrongs done to someone else is a mark of imperfection and even of actual sin. (Thomas Aquinas)