Against the backdrop of Prof. Amy Barrett's nomination hearing, the question becomes even more urgent. During Sen. Dianne Feinstein's questioning of Prof. Amy Barrett after her nomination to the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Sen. Feinstein said something striking:
Whatever a religion is, it has its own dogma. The law is totally different. And I think in your case, professor, when you read your speeches, the conclusion one draws is that the dogma lives loudly within you, and that's of concern when you come to big issues that large numbers of people have fought for for years in this country. - Sen. Dianne Feinstein
Last Sunday, St. Paul wrote in the second reading:
None of us lives for oneself, and no one dies for oneself. For if we live, we live for the Lord, and if we die, we die for the Lord; so then, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's. (Romans 14:7-8)
I am caught between the two. I long to depart this life and be with Christ, for that is far better. Yet that I remain in the flesh is more necessary for your benefit. Only, conduct yourselves in a way worthy of the gospel of Christ. (Phil 1:23-24, 27A)
So, I put the question to you, dear reader: "What do you choose to live loudly?"