...we just have to believe it'll hold when we need it, George Weigel reminds us.
Several years ago, during a family vacation to Maine, the Spiritual Diabetes children swam out to a diving platform. Anchored ashore by a long rope, the platform rose and fell with the tides. When the kids swam out, it was high tide so the older ones used the rope for guidance. I had to tell the youngest--who wanted to join the fun out in the water--to use the rope. "Trust me," I said, "it'll be there."
Weigel's column reminded me of that need for reassurance. Yet we also need to develop the strength and confidence to swim without always clutching at the guideline. Ed Peters indicates that even the cardinals wrestle with this. From EP's Canon Law Facebook: