I've checked my Bloglines today, and it seems that the Accuser of the Brethren is on the prowl again. Remember, he cannot succeed if we all refuse to play his foul game. Don't give him any jollies!
This blog has its beginnings in another attack by this sleaze, resurrecting long-ago-renounced, long-ago-absolved sins or stupidities to the purpose of strife, division, and destruction. [If you need details, use the archive links in the sidebar.] It was so bad that I even proposed the return to open public Reconciliation, so there would be no secrets --- which isn't a particularly good idea given our tendency to torture our wounded, and that the Church discontinued a thousand years ago for very good reasons.
In the about two and a half years I've been around St. Blog's, the Accuser has made periodic visits .... Baltimore's Scarlet List, and Cleveland's .... a traffic accident ..... a bankruptcy ..... we've been through it all so many times before. There is only one right answer: refuse to condemn, pray for everybody accused included, know that but for the grace of God I could do even worse.
The judgment I judge will be the judgment I am judged by.
Refuse to play that demon's foul game: we accuse no one but ourselves.
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and may you, prince of the heavenly hosts,
by the power of God
thrust into Hell Satan and all the evil spirits
who prowl through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.