May 24, 2021
Philip F. Lawler is not only a seasoned Catholic journalist, but a bona fide Catholic polemicist. If you don't know him, you should Google him. And read his latest book, "Contagious Faith”.
The book is not an easy read. Not because of his prose, always clear and neat, but because of the bottom line of his issue: Did we, as Catholics, react to COVID as people who really believe that we live for a life in Heaven, and that the so frequently mentioned "common good" is actually God's plan?
Before anyone goes berserk with "Do you actually want everyone to die of COVID?" Lawler's book is not about denying modern science or refusing to practice reasonable measures demanded by charity.
In reflecting upon the new book, Jeff Mirus makes clear the issue at stake: "the larger point is that, yes, there are things we are forced to take into account now that it would have been impossible or pointless to concern ourselves with in previous eras. But that does not mean the fundamental balance to be maintained between material and spiritual considerations has changed."