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The Assistant Bishop called. He was very sorry to hear the news and sent his prayers and best wishes. Such a kind and holy man. There are not many like him. He offered to inform the Archdeacon and the Bishop which was OK with me. If the hierarchy want to pray separately or collectively for me, that’s fine. I wonder if God pays any more attention to their prayers than anyone else’s? It’s an interesting thought but I think we know the answer. One person’s prayers are, in God’s eyes, the same as anyone else’s. It’s not how important you are when you pray, or even how many of you there are who pray for the same thing. It’s whether or not God is moved by the individual’s need, or perhaps, whether the individual still has some service yet to give. These are the things that may count.
This is not a standard ‘faith diary’ from someone who has been given an indication of serious medical issues to be faced. Instead it is a journal of reflections about faith issues in relation to politics and society more or less in the order in which they come to me. The underlying unity comes from the world view which underpins the approach. However unpalatable the truth is to some, the truth has to be reaffirmed in an era of post-Brexit and post-Trump ‘post-truth’, fuelled by ‘the rise of social media as a news source and a growing distrust of facts offered up by the establishment’ – even if the facts happen to be true.
Welcome to the ‘Post-Truth’ World
In Adam Curtis’s 2016 film ‘HyperNormalisation’, there is scrolled text which reads: ‘ We live in a world where the powerful deceive us. We know they lie, they know we know they lie, they don’t care. We say we care, but we do nothing. And nothing ever changes. It’s normal. Welcome to the post-truth world.’
‘Post-truth’ is in fact anti-truth. Ethica l and moral standards matter no longer: everything is up for dismissal and ridicule. When Pope Francis criticized Trump for spreading hatred against immigrants and minorities and, as a result of his plan to build a wall along the Mexican border, doubted his commitment to Christianity, his comments were called ‘disgraceful’ by the President-elect. But what of the Christian’s commitments to the ten commandments, especially commandment 9: ‘thou shalt not lie’? As the Catholic Catechism puts it (para 2470), ‘The disciple of Christ consents to “live in the truth”, that is, in the simplicity of a life in conformity with the Lord’s example, abiding in his truth. ‘If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not live according to the truth’ (1 John 1:6).