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What Religion and Lions Have in Common

“Herod feared John,” knowing that he was a “just and holy man.” The wicked fear the good, because the good are a constant reproach to their consciences. The ungodly like religion in the same way that they like lions, either dead or behind bars: they fear religion when it breaks loose and begins to challenge their consciences.

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Herod, hearing of Our Divine Lord sometime later, thought that He was John the Baptist, risen from the dead. Herod did not believe in a future life; no sensual man does. Belief in immortality dies easily in those who live in such a way that they cannot face the prospect of a judgment. A future life is denied not so much by the way one thinks as by the way one lives.

—from Life of Christ by Fulton Sheen, Ch. 13: The Man Who Lost His Head

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