We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, he draws us to himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The rise of the conscience activist.

In the spiritual battle for souls the devil inflicts serious casualties. Societies and individuals suffer the loss of innocence, loss of freedom and a loss of the right to be guided by informed conscience. People who think they are acting for the greater good but who lack the wisdom of foresight can often end up perpetrating an evil far worse than an evil, real or imagined, that they originally sought to counter.

In recent years, freedom of conscience and religion has become an object of evil for those of low character, those unable to discern the cause of good because they are blinded by a narrow vision of man. Certain inalienable rights are now a threat to those who seek to accrue to themselves privileges while robbing others of inalienable rights that are, frankly, objectively far more important than a right to pursue disordered hedonistic pleasures, for example.

A society sanitized of its public Christian faith will not be able to remain a democracy for long. Like nature, politics abhors a vacuum. Someone with a clear and compelling agenda will eventually find power. It may then take generations to undo the influence of a dangerous ideology that by then will have produced innumerable casualties.

If current trends indicate anything, we can look forward to a future that is rife with fear and despair fostered by terrorists who, masquerading as immigrants, have placed themselves in western societies, and by regressive liberal totalitarians dominating the political and cultural landscape.

Most western societies are at a loss to explain an inability to deal with many new social ills that have developed in the absence of Christian morality guiding social interactions. So, governments attempt to impose behaviour modification programs that condition children, for example, to embody some imagined ideal that attempts to rob children of innocence and which results in producing amoral beings bereft of hope.

With Christianity and Christians excised from public conversation, there is little reason to imagine that militant secularists can foster harmony which enhances the common good in a way that truly protects inalienable rights: freedom of speech; freedom of religion and conscience; freedom of assembly.

Love

As Christians, do we not have an obligation to look for men and women of reason in every political or social movement with whom a dialogue in truth can be had in order to protect society from exploitation by unreasonable men and women who would, if they could, beat citizens with the club of the courts into submitting to an irrational agenda? Even when certain groups and individuals misuse the courts and governments to marginalize other citizens, we must seek to engage our adversaries in dialogue and seek to restore integrity in the legal and legislative systems. This enterprise necessarily requires us to protect our own religious constituency by engaging in authentic catechesis in Christian virtue and by using every just legal and political means to defend inalienable rights for all from conception to natural death.

We do not need to condone nor allow ourselves to be subject to certain morally objectionable behaviours that include manipulation of the courts and legislative process. Those of us who profess the Christian Faith must, however, respect the inalienable dignity of every human person, especially those with whom we disagree, i.e., those who consider us their enemies and who attempt to elevate their rights above the rights of others. We have an obligation to love our neighbour no matter what the cost to us personally. Like Jesus our Lord and Master, we must embrace the violence directed at us by the enemies of conscience, even if that violence threatens to crucify us.

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