october 31 used to be an unofficial holiday for me. the reformation! martin luther! rebellion! victory!
but victory over what? over the Catholic Church? over corruption? what the heck was i celebrating? that i wasn’t Catholic? i think so…?
to my shame, i only recently learned that there were many reform movements within the Catholic Church for roughly 300 years before luther. and perhaps those reforms were more “successful”. why? because they didn’t splinter the western church into 50,000 fragments. how can the Church be one, yet 50,000?
there is a saying that i love, spoken by a Catholic cardinal, i think?
“to be aware of history is to cease to be Protestant”.
amen, say we Orthodox. amen!