Inspired by an Article Written by Steve Hartman
I have a confession to make. Even though I only do this on my Facebook Page– after listening to a Catholic podcast– the fact is, I have a weed addiction. I just can’t stop pulling the things. Abortion, LGBTQ and BLM are some of my favorites.
I realized the extent of my addiction only recently, after my deacon brother spoke to my wife Kim about it.
“He gets up at 5:30 in the morning and weeds until dark,” she said. “I mean with this pandemic thing going on, and with him at home from work, sometimes he’s weeding till late at night.”
And her point is?
“It’s not weeding a garden, it’s weeding the Church,” she said.
See, some years ago I had this idea to turn my weedy church into a beautiful field full of wheat. I contacted Raymond Arroyo, who would eventually become my first dealer.
Arroyo is a New York Times bestselling author, journalist, and producer. He is the news director and lead anchor of EWTN News, the news division of the Eternal Word Television Network. He got me hooked on weeds through gateway plants like climate change, Communion for divorced and a Vatican deal with Chinese.
From that beginning I found other sources to supply my needs such as Lifesite News, Patrick Madrid and Archbishop Vigano. The product is highly addictive. It’s called love of church.
But here’s the problem: before the Son of Man sends His angels to gather the wheat into the barn I often feel the need to spend a great deal of time weeding the field, and Catholic Social media made no mention of how addicting that can be.
At first I would get up every morning and dread it. And then a switch flipped and I started getting on Facebook and loving it.
Weeding can induce a self-righteous state, and that is a comfort for all of us in this crazy world we live in when you can just tune everything out and focus on one, single-minded purpose.
Of course the downside to a laser focus like that is that sometimes I stop listening to Jesus. For example, I’m told, “…if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest; — but honestly, I don’t pay attention to my King because all the voices on social media are pointing out the weeds in my church!
I know Jesus warned us not to attempt to anticipate the final judgment of God by a definitive exclusion of sinners from the kingdom. In its present stage it is composed of the good and the bad. The judgment of God alone will eliminate the sinful. Until then there must be patience and the preaching of repentance.
But there is still a lot of evil lurking. That can’t be OK. I mean, what else am I going to do at this point, just give up on my whole project?
“I could live without it,” said Kim.
“You want your husband back, don’t you?” asked my deacon brother.
“No, I don’t know if I could live with how defeated my husband would feel if he gave it up.”
I thought that was sweet. I’m going to take her to dinner — after the November election, of course.