Notes from the Great Plague

Shoppers at BJ’s Wholesale Club market at the Palisades Center mall in West Nyack, N.Y., March 14, 2020. (Mike Segar/Reuters)
Put stress on a society and it will reveal the truth of itself. Perhaps someone will deliver a sermon on that, when the churches have reopened.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T oday in plague news: My favorite Presbyterian church canceled its Sunday worship services for this week.

That probably is wise: I am admittedly a little fuzzy on the Calvinist doctrine of predestination, but why take an unnecessary risk? If Americans are, as I hope they are, turning to prayer in these anxious times, then they will be obliged to do so as the earliest apostles did, in their homes and in small groups. Thomas Merton argued that the monastery is not a retreat from the world but the very center of it, the place where truth is encountered and where real

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