In recent years, especially the last few years, it has become increasingly harder and harder to have focus on and inspiration in this faith. On the one hand society is always society and will in its own way(s) undermine the faith. This is commonly understood as secularism and is not something I seek to address in this post. For one thing, the constant tension with secular directions is a daily thing and is obvious to most people of faith. The more insidious attacks on a person's focus on Christ are those which come from places least expected. That is they can work to blindside the faith. These are not forces outside the church but within. They may wear a cloak of zeal. They may even be very powerful.
So the irony, or paradox, may be that some forces within the church may be more effective in undermining one's faith than any forces outside. At least, on the outside, intentions are clearer to spot. To keep this brief, if I am not as active in writing about the things of God here, it is because I have been successfully and temporarily blindsided. This is where Jesus' teaching of love for one's enemies, known and unknown, is so basic and why He gave His Church not only His Word but the blessed Sacrament.