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.

Bishop Lopes: A Pledged Troth. A pastoral letter on Amoris Laetitia.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Unseating heresy...

... begins with configuring our own hearts and minds to the Truth of the Gospel.

Those whose socialistic progressivism and atheistic secularism, for lack of better descriptors (agents or minions of the devil, perhaps?), have very successfully emptied the public square of morality, a public morality that (formerly) enabled people to communicate virtue and abide by a common cultural orientation to goodwill and respect for the inalienable dignity of man.

We, as Catholics, must unseat from the table of society and culture the unholy beast that robs children of innocence, and steals from society healthy families and commits atrocities against the sanctity—or if you prefer dignity—of human life. Will we stand idly by and allow people who contract with despair to rule our societies by disseminating their inhuman ideas? No secularist philosophy nor any false religion can equal the liberating promise of the Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ. Do you/we believe that? If we do, then we have the obligation to use every reasonable and just means to unshackle our neighbours from the tyranny of such life-stunting ideologies as political and social correctness that manifest as pseudo-morality such as tolerance.

We must enable people to question the status quo which darkens minds and bends wills to fantastic (unreal) yet dangerous ideologies which take from people or blind them to the awareness that God—not some state or secular (politically correct) special interest group that profits from people's ignorance—is the origin and summit of our dignity.

We must, for starters, reclaim language and do so with confidence, a matter-of-fact—i.e., this-is-the-way-it-is—understanding that utilizes a commonsensical methodology grounded in reality to unbalance the "confidence" of the bully who is the exponent of politically correct laissez (or is that intellectually lazy?) society which tolerates only that which fits the mindset of the brat.

When challenged to use the "correct" term for [insert social and/or political orientation here], we must ignore the demand of the bully and conform to that which the Church has always proposed to a world of self-centred rivals who delight in goading, demeaning and ridiculing those who threaten to undo their pleasant fictions.

Truth!—we live in an age of simps: whimpering, entitled, hedonistic, puerile and cowardly "adults" who refuse to behave like adults and who instead channel their passive-aggressiveness and other unredeemed personality disorders into marginalizing those who do not fit their small utopian mythic worlds.

True love frees the person.

The Church proposes a kingdom of love. Love, of course, is not understood by most moderns. Most moderns interpret 'love' to mean that which provides physical pleasure or some emotional candy that sustains the illusion of satisfaction. Why on earth would we ever surrender to an ideology or cult of ideologies that rob people of the responsibility to confront the truth about themselves? In classical Christian language, that truth is that we, all of us, are all sinners. We are not perfectly loving. With God's grace, we grow closer to being able to love with the constancy of the sinless one, Jesus Christ. With God's grace, we grow in holiness. Turned away from grace we shrivel, and in our quest for fulfillment we substitute lesser gods (and lesser loves) for the One True God.

The man in the mirror.

Moderns have no time for a term (i.e., sinner) which challenges them with the true face each of us must confront when we look in the mirror every morning. That flat surface can tell us much, yet most people only see the surface of their surface behaviour. If you ever doubt whether being a Christian makes any difference in your life, take a moment to think about one simple reality: you wouldn't, for a moment, think about the authenticity, or lack thereof, of your life if you weren't Christian, would you? Sure, if you are a pagan content with the illusion of your success=happiness, you might ponder the emptiness of your life when your career tanks or a marriage fails and various other crises force you to confront the truth of your being. Being Christian, you examine your conscience in formal and informal ways every day. If you break down your actions into the acceptable and unacceptable, that is a sign you are disposed, even to a small degree, to truth. Another name for truth which opens the heart to conversion is grace.

Strangers to truth.

So then, to unseat the beast of heresy, we must be true. The most loving thing we can do is to be true: true to God and neighbour. We can only lie to ourselves for so long. Reality will crush the lies we tell about ourselves. The truth about ourselves catches up with us eventually. If we are so enmeshed in a lie that we cannot overcome it at death, or in death, we will perish. If we convert to the Lord, Who is the way, the truth and the life, we pass into eternity confident in the Lord's embrace which draws us into Paradise, the garden of light and love into which the Lord invites us to encounter Him most perfectly for all eternity.

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