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.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Won't get fooled again? Overcoming voter short attention span.

We'll be fighting in the streets
With our children at our feet
And the morals that they worship will be gone
And the men who spurred us on
Sit in judgment of all wrong
They decide and the shotgun sings the song
I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again
—from Won't Get Fooled Again by Pete Townshend
Will Catholics get fooled again by voting for someone using a political man-toy to snare others? Sadly, the low-information Catholic is most likely to succumb to the Clinton ploy to hook Catholics by having a confused (c)atholic—Tim Kaine, who flies the 'personally opposed (to abortion) but pro-choice' banner of the Jesuit trained sophist—as the bait to hook unsuspecting or even suspecting Catholics for Queen Hillary to fry as she, if elected to the presidency, would inevitably pursue policies that will add to Obama's destruction of fundamental freedoms.

But Tim Kaine is a devout Catholic!

There's no doubt Kaine is devout. He's devoted to Democratic Party policy. He may be canonized by the Democratic Party and heretics like Biden (Obama's lackey) and Pelosi, but that doesn't make him a devout Catholic.

Someone should remind Mr. Kaine that no amount of volunteering or missionary work or Jesuit training or semi-pelagian works righteousness or saying 'Lord, Lord' (St. Matthew 7:21-23) will earn him a pass for defending the status quo which permits the destruction of innocent human life. Kaine's investment in many laudable charitable enterprises will not mitigate culpability for investing in and protecting the culture of death.

Given his age and committed path, it would appear Kaine has convinced himself that he is able to serve two masters, so it is difficult to predict whether or not any further counsel will enable him to overcome his Kennedy-catholicism to become a real witness to the truth. A Christian witness that requires a consistent defence in law and order of the dignity of human life from conception to natural death. His avoidance of responsibility for changing unjust laws which harm women and the unborn renders Kaine ineligible to bear the compound adjective "devout-Catholic".

Kaine's two-faced witness is a slap in the face of the martyrs whose unfailing witness to the dignity of human life is the standard to which Catholics should look for inspiration, not the sham religion of politicians who claim to defend innocent life while cooperating in the maintenance of the status quo which permits the termination of unborn life that is precious to God. If Kaine is a true disciple of Jesus, why then is he not laying down his political life in defence of his unborn brothers and sisters? Why is he defending a system that permits others to dehumanize and murder unborn children? Cafeteria Catholics who defend or even tolerate unjust laws are themselves unjust.

Dear Catholic brethren, who are you?

Pete Townshend of the rock group The Who, described the meaning of his song Won't Get Fooled Again as follows:
The song was meant to let politicians and revolutionaries alike know that what lay in the centre of my life was not for sale, and could not be co-opted into any obvious cause... . What I write is interpreted, first of all by Roger Daltrey. Won't Get Fooled Again - then - was a song that pleaded '... leave me alone with my family to live my life, so I can work for change in my own way...'. But when Roger Daltrey screamed as though his heart was being torn out in the closing moments of the song, it became something more to so many people. And I must live with that.
As for the political implications, note 1) the emphasis on there being an aspect of life which is not for sale, which echoes Edmund Burke's references to "the unbought grace of life," and 2) the desire to be left alone by both politicians and revolutionaries, so as to work for change individually, which echoes Burke's references to the "little platoons" of society, of which the family is first and foremost. As Ann Althouse thus correctly observes: "A lot of conservatives will say that's precisely what is conservative."—Bainbridge

Sadly, many Catholics will be duped by the Kaine-ruse and be convinced the Clinton-Kaine ticket is salvation for America. To embrace Kaine, however, is to prolong the damage that Pelosi, Biden, Kerry and other representatives of cafeteria Catholicism have already contributed to the wasting of America.

It is not anti-Catholic to not vote for hypocrites who call themselves Catholics. It is a service to society to send packing cafeteria Catholics who have been canonized as 'devout' by worldly individuals who hate religion but use it to get elected.

It is one thing for someone who calls himself a Catholic to strive and fall and then seek forgiveness and amend his life. The penitent man or woman merits a second chance. However, Catholics who proudly lend support to the culture of death are liars and cheats for misrepresenting what it means to be Catholic. They, by their fruit, say to the world 'I am prepared to put unjust laws before God's Law'. Furthermore, they thumb their noses at faithful Catholics who, for the sake of Christ, cannot support a candidate for office whose convictions put them at odds with the teaching of Jesus and His Church. A faithful Catholic is counter-cultural, in the world but not of it. Kaine enjoys the world's stamp of approval. Keep those thoughts in mind at election time.

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