1/25/2014 (2 years ago)
Harvesting the Fruits of contemplation (harvestingthefruitsofcontemplation.blogspot.com/)
Are we on death row? The invisible devilish forces whisper in our ears: "You don't need God!" We substitute lies for the Truth!
CANASTOTA, NY - Father M. Raymond, O.C.S.O. made these observations in a 1954 book
entitled, "God, A Woman and the Way". This gifted Cistercian priest
warned us then that we Catholics were suffering from amnesia - that we
had forgotten the purpose of our lives and much of what it means to be
Sadly, the same comments can be made as I write this introduction more than fifty-seven years later. One might even argue that we Catholics are now comatose. We are not living as we should. We have forgotten that we were made in the image of God, that as a result of original sin we are prone to sin ourselves, and that without God's grace we will never overcome our sinful propensities. We do not know basic fundamental truths of our Faith. We are not taught our Faith. We do not live our Faith.
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Too many reject major teachings of the Church. Much of what we hear is only partially true and therefore evilly deceptive. There is no objective moral good or evil, some voices shout. One church is just as good as another goes the refrain. And frequently, the invisible devilish forces whisper in our ears: "You don't need God!" We substitute lies for the Truth!
We no longer value marriage and procreation. Our children, we are told, do not need both a father and mother - any one will do. We see children as a punishment and an unwanted burden instead of a priceless treasure. We have a great sense of outrage over the abuse of animals or the intrusion upon their natural habitats - but little umbrage over the more than fifty million children in this nation who have been killed in their mothers' wombs. Schools cannot give our children an aspirin without our written permission, but they can give contraceptive assistance and take them for an abortion without our knowledge.
Many do not know, accept or follow the Ten Commandments. We have banned them and prayer from our schools and our Courthouses. Where once cohabitation and out-of-wedlock births were a source of embarrassment, we now ridicule and scorn marriage and sexual abstinence. We confuse sexual deviancy with human freedom. We glorify sexual activity outside of marriage and between individuals of the same sex and deem such conduct a right. Cleavage and sexually provocative dress are in; chastity and purity are rarely esteemed. Some of our children cannot read or write but can recite verbatim the lyrics of songs so vile and offensive as to turn one's face red. We have lost any sense of guilt, shame or sin.
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