Sunday, February 12, 2012

Despise not the Church

I would like to submit that many people who claim to hate Christianity don't actually hate it. What they hate is the hypocrisy they see in the Church. They often attack and defend their position by pointing out Christians who act counter to their faith. Consider a quote that is often attributed to Ghandi, which says something like, "I like your Christ but I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ."

If we consider Christianity to be a 'system', a code of rules or a way of living (though we know it to be much more than that), then what they hate is not the system itself but those members of the system who abuse it or seem to abuse it. Consider, for example, the recent Wall Street protests-people don't actually hate Wall Street or the system of capitalism, what they despise is those that abuse the system. And this is because it angers us when we see others who refuse to conform to the rules of the system they belong. Nobody likes a cheater. This leads me to a few important thoughts or conclusions.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Guided by God

Today's world is a savage sea, full of stinging ice (sin) and violent winds (change). It is an oppressive sea and its barrage of winds beat and batter our earthly vessels. The frigid cold numbs our senses and we become wearied with exhaustion. And all too often we give in to the way of the world, we find ourselves lost, with no sense of direction, and sometimes the sea even forces us upon the rocks of some unknown shore, broken and crushed.
    In the days before GPS and mapquest men of the sea navigated and charted their courses via the stars. A great seaman was never truly lost and could always orient himself by the North Star. Perhaps this is a hackneyed image but I think it good to always remember that, like the North Star, we can and should always orient ourselves to God. God has always been and always will be. God is unchanging. And there is no surer course out of stormy seas than by orienting ourselves to Him. We are never lost, we only fail to look to the heavens. God is the guiding light of our lives and we would do well to always remember this, for we are nothing more than fools if we think we can find our way alone.

Monday, January 23, 2012

In Deo Confidimus

"In God we Trust"

The success or failure of the laws of man depend upon the decency of man. And the decency of man is only as good as his devotion to the laws of God. By rejecting God's law, man rejects his own law and therefore himself, because the law of God is written upon the heart of man and all law comes from God. By rejecting God's law, man rejects God. And when man rejects God, man's law means nothing and is nothing. All that he can hope for is the moral decency of others. He can no more hope for truth, justice and charity because he has abandoned it in abandoning God. The devout man, on the other hand, reverences God and his commandments and therefore lives a good and moral life. He seeks truth, justice, and charity. And it is by his service to others that he serves himself. However, when man rejects his service to others he once again rejects both God and himself. And this leads to a rejection of his country and his countrymen. And when man no longer serves his country or his fellow citizens then his country has no future.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Orate Fratres: Abortion and Pacifism

Orate Fratres: Abortion and Pacifism: It would be good for us to remember that Eve came from Adam's side. Adam sees her and sees someone that is himself yet is not himself and as...

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

"It's a dangerous business going out your front door..."

And seemingly more dangerous to begin writing a blog.  I've struggled for years trying to decide if what I have to say is worth saying, let alone if I even have enough material to warrant a blog.  But in the end, convincing yourself that what you have to say has value and actually starting the project in question, is the bulk of the battle.  This is indeed, the writer's dilemma.  One of the problems inherent in writing about major issues is that the writer does not appear to follow his own mantra (or at least not completely) nor does he invest himself in all that he suggests.  And yet, we know that no one person is perfect nor do they have the time for everything.  This does not mean that the writer cannot and should not share his thoughts or visions on a particular topic.  On the contrary, if he has a great and good idea then he should not hoard his thoughts and withhold them from others.  He should share them.  He has the opportunity to ignite the hearts and minds of his peers.  It is true that even "armchair" generals may be brilliant.  The writer becomes like the athletics coach who may no longer have the opportunity to compete but certainly contributes to the competition itself.  It is therefore a duty to be an active and involved member of the society of ideas.  And so, to quote Tolkien once more, "little by little, one travels far."