Staying faithful amid the crisis

Jesus said, “Scandals are sure to come” (Lk 17:1) and promised that a scandalizer would therefore “have a great millstone fastened around his neck and thrown into the depth of the sea” (Mt 18:6). But St. Francis added that if we allow scandals to destroy our faith, we essentially tie a millstone around our own neck — and toss ourselves from the barque of Peter, where Christ is at the helm, into the depth of a sea of misery.