The COVID-19 vaccine
is being pushed on us, but is it really safe? What is your opinion of it?
o understand what is occurring now,
let’s remember what occurred in January 2003 when the space shuttle Columbia
disintegrated on re-entry from orbit. The cause of the disaster was damage to the
shuttle when it was launched, but the danger of that damage was dismissed by the
controllers, and the mission was allowed to continue—only to end in disaster.
An Intricate Interplay
Therefore, the theological lesson
to be learned from the disaster—and the tragic loss of the crewmember’s lives—is
that the disaster itself should not be seen as a direct act of God. Instead, it
should be understood in the context of an intricate interplay of human
free will that points to one chillingly
simple issue: overconfidence in human reason.
in Human Reason
When insulation from the
fuel tank struck the shuttle’s left wing at liftoff, the mission could
have been called off on the spot. Had the shuttle been brought back immediately
to the ground, engineers might have discovered the true extent of the damage,
or they might have discovered some other pre-existing structural problems.
Of course, the decision to cancel the mission would have had an enormous
cost, financially and politically. Therefore, it was decided, according to
pragmatism, honor, and human reason, that there was
no danger to the spacecraft. “Rest assured, we see no danger to the mission.” So
the mission continued—and lives were doomed.
So consider that decision. Rest
assured, we see no danger to the mission. Such is the assurance of
reason. Yet disaster might have been averted had the engineers stepped back from
their human confidence and asked, “But what if we’re wrong?”
Yes, “But what if we’re wrong?” If only we had such love for God as to
allow ourselves to ask that question. So consider some other common statements
based in love for human reason rather than love for God. We don’t see
any harm in lifestyles defiant of chastity. We don’t
see any harm in divorce. We don’t see any harm in artificial birth control. We
don’t see any harm in abortion. We don’t see any harm in marijuana. We
don’t see any harm in social media. These are all assurances made by those
who dissent from the true Faith
of the Church. And fine assurances they are. Remember the Columbia.
So, yes, remember the Columbia when
wondering about the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine is being pushed upon us by
governments and by peer pressure. And we’re being told that the vaccine is “completely
safe.” But what if those voices of assurance are wrong? The vaccine for a mysterious
virus manufactured as a political conspiracy was rushed into development in an
atmosphere of social hysteria. What if there are unknown long-term side-effects of
the vaccine? Health complications, birth defects, mental confusion, dementia,
depression, suicide? What if the government agents—and the “experts” duped by the
Therefore, the lesson here is a lesson
about warning. If you put all of your trust in your own self-confidence,
you’re headed for eventual disaster—and you could contribute to sending
others to their doom as well. But if you understand the mystic
ramifications of God’s love, and
humbly accept and
surrender to that love despite the inconvenience,
and let it be your guide in every moment of uncertainty, then you do have
good reason to rest assured.
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Disasters and Trauma by Raymond Lloyd Richmond, Ph.D. explains how an
event is traumatic because it disrupts your previously secure sense of self.
Wild animals live with a constant, sharp awareness of perpetual
danger, yet most people live with a naive—and deceptive—sense of safety and
security to the point of denying their basic vulnerability and fragmented sense
of self. So when something disastrous happens, the psychological damage from the
shattering of your illusions about life and identity may be more problematic than
any physical damage.