This past year we have heard many headlines about campuses across North America offering “safe spaces”. These spaces are for those who claim to be marginalized, discriminated or want to escape from “trigger words”. In reality they are spaces thatbread hatred, discrimination and stifle freedom of speech. They also imply that outside of these spaces it is unsafe and even dangerous while treating our young adults like babies, unable to hear or debate opposing views.
While I guess you can say that the intention in creating a safe space under certain circumstances can be noble, it hardly addresses the deeper root issues.
While the world seems to be increasingly more volitile, violent, polarizing and darker these are simply a reflection of what is going on internally within our souls. As Ven. Archbishop Fulton Sheen said, “there can be no world peace unless there is soul peace. World wars are only projections of the conflicts waged inside the souls of men and women, for nothing happens in the external world that has not first happened within a soul.”
The solution to the issues society and the world faces then is not the creation of more “safe spaces” but rather the creation of holy places. We must first rightly order our lives and our homes since it is primarily in the domestic church that we live out our faith and encounter Christ on a daily basis.
Is your home a place where you go to be spiritually re-charged and then sent back out into the world or do you allow the world into your home (i.e. TV, movies, internet)? Is your home and marriage rightly ordered (Ephesians 5:22-33)? Do you give God first priority or is it sports or your favourite TV/ Netflix show?
We must also restore the sacred in our parishes and encourage our priests in their vocation as spiritual Fathers of their parishionrs.
As we start to rightly order our lives, as we start to invite God into every aspect of our lives, we will then start to see a transformation in ourseleves, our children and society. We will become the Light of Christ in the world!
As Archbishop Fulton Sheen nicely put it, “If there is no peace in the world today, it is not because Christ did not come; it is because we did not let Him in.”
Let Christ in. Let Christ be your King. And in so doing the world will be a safer, holier place.
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