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.

Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society.—St. Francis of Assisi.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Living the Faith in the Public Square and the Politics of Deception.

This blogger has no pony in the American presidential horse race. That said, the following essay is intended to provide our American cousins a moment for reflection so that they can avoid creating the circumstances whereby fundamental freedoms are further destroyed by those who, if elected, would almost certainly add shame to the shameful legacy imposed on the American people by the Obama-Biden administration.

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Just going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in your garage makes you a car.– G. K. Chesterton
Hillary Clinton's choice of Vice-Presidential running mate, has been described as "the safe choice". Too true.

Tim Kaine has been described by the liberal media as a traditional or faithful Catholic. By now, informed Catholics are probably aware that those terms, especially when used by the media, are a sly attempt to convince Catholics to vote for a wo/man who, at best, plays loosely with that fundamental issue—the sanctity and dignity of human life.

Contrary to the Kaines of the world, a faithful Catholic cannot be pro-life while supporting legislation or agreeing with the status quo which permits the destruction of the innocent unborn. A faithful Catholic is aware of and rejects the inherent contradiction contained in the "personally opposed but pro-choice" ideology favoured among a generation of limp believers who put man's unjust laws first and God's laws second. If the laws of man conform to the law of God, fine and well. However, a Catholic—if s/he be faithful—must oppose laws which contradict the law of God. Laws which attack the dignity of the human being are not of God and therefore cannot be supported by a faithful Catholic.
Well known organizations which claim to assist women merely exist to profit financially from women's misery only to abandon them to the consequences of their acts. Catholic organizations, by contrast, are at the vanguard of supporting women in crisis. Women who, sadly, have been exploited by the abortion industry can turn to charities sponsored by the Church. The Church has a vast network of local agencies that offer psychological counselling and legitimate medical support to those hurt by abortion. Church-run charities offer financial support, support for education, housing and legitimate medical support to women coping with an unexpected pregnancy.
By all appearances, Tim Kaine is another wolf (or attack dog, like Biden) in sheep's clothing, a pretender who straddles the fence between the just laws of God and the unjust laws of man.

A Catholic who believes s/he can confine his or her beliefs to some private closet while s/he promotes and/or defends laws which harm innocent life is, simply put, living a lie.
The Catholic Faith—the religion of Jesus Christ—requires that we embrace the law of God in every respect, in and out of season. The religion of Christ requires we conform our will to His will, not the other way round. The law of God extends to every aspect of our lives, and as citizens of any nation, we are called to promote and defend laws which conform to the law of God revealed in and by Jesus Christ.
Mr. Kaine, like so many other low-information (or low-formation) Catholics, cannot confine the Faith to some imagined private sphere. The Catholic Faith is both personal and public; it is never merely private. For Mr. Kaine, as with all those Catholics who try to serve two masters, a word from G.K.
The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.– G. K. Chesterton
A true democracy recognizes that citizens have the right and obligation to freely and responsibly promote and defend in the public square policies and laws that preserve the health and well being of all citizens from conception to natural death. If the critic of the Catholic position doesn't accept that line of reasoning, i.e., he or she believes that Catholics, for example, do not have a right to freedom of expression and the free exercise of religion, there is a country of which she or he may wish to consider becoming a citizen: North Korea.

President Obama slyly chose a 'Kennedy catholic' for his vice-presidential running mate, and too many Catholics allowed themselves to be conned into voting for a team that has done more to demean human life and divide a nation than any other administration in history. Attacks on freedom of conscience, freedom of religion and freedom of speech have become synonymous with the Obama-Biden administration.

Able v. Kaine

When the behaviours of vice-presidential candidates are measured, there should be a clear choice behind which faithful Catholics should stand. Mike Pence has acted in a more Catholic manner than Mr. Kaine by consistently supporting the inalienable right to life and the dignity of the human being.

Whereas, Mr. Kaine acts against conscience, i.e., he has avoided configuring his conscience to the teaching of the Catholic Church, Mr. Pence—raised Catholic, though he considers himself an evangelical Christian—has consistently acted in a manner that confirms he possesses an informed conscience, a conscience expressed in graced works more appropriately configured to the Truth of the Catholic Faith than the conscience and works of a media declared "faithful" son of the Church, his opponent Mr. Kaine.

Party politics aside, Mr. Pence represents a better choice for Vice President because he behaves in a manner that is consistent with being a Christian.

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