catholic goods

[Socialism] is based nevertheless on a theory of human society peculiar to itself and irreconcilable with true Christianity. Religious socialism, Christian socialism, are contradictory terms; no one can be at the same time a good Catholic and a true socialist.
—  Pius XI

What struck me during this year’s annual viewing of The Passion of the Christ was Simon of Cyrene.

When he first enters the story, he wants nothing to do with Jesus, and has to be coerced into helping him. Even then, he makes a point of declaring his own innocence, distancing himself from what is happening.

Eventually, he begins to stand up to the soldiers, trying to get them to stop their mockery and cruelty towards Christ.

By the time they reach Golgotha, Simon has to be forced to leave Jesus’ side, and he is sent away in tears.

Carrying the Cross changed him. Walking side by side with Christ changed him.

As it should change us.