An Unexpected Grace


An unexpected grace I have received during the COVID 19 restrictions on religious services is the discovery of the daily Mass on EWTN. Previously I had avoided this television channel.

Although I am a priest, I do not celebrate the Eucharist alone at home. So I turned to EWTN and discovered its fine liturgical music and well prepared and thoughtful homilies.

Yet again, I have learned the truth of Herbert Spencer’s comment much loved by those of us in Alcoholics Anonymous:

“There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance – that principle is contempt prior to investigation.”

John Perry, Sj, is doing pastoral ministry at St. Ignatius Parish, Winnipeg and is researching and writing at St. Paul's College..

  • Margaret Powell
    Posted at 11:24h, 14 January Reply

    Well said. A reminder that AA has principles we should all follow

  • Peter Bisson
    Posted at 14:26h, 14 January Reply

    Thank you John! This is a good reminder.

  • Grace Colella
    Posted at 19:57h, 14 January Reply

    What a good quote! Thank you.

  • Henry Mandamin
    Posted at 01:12h, 15 January Reply

    Another statement I understand very well I overlook in the Big Book

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