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Madness

In reading this article in Crisis Magazine, I came across the following quote:
“That mad kind of intelligence is offended by the precocious audacity of Winston Churchill writing in The River War at the age of twenty-five: “were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it [Islam] has vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.” For the secularist whose religious crusade against religion does not understand the world or its history, prophecy is the only heresy, and his single defense against false prophets is feigned detachment.”

I had to read it three times before I fully understood what I was reading. It is an older article, but still relevant today. In fact, with the rise of even more “peaceful” Islamic factions, probably even more relevant.

Just as so many people ignored the truths of the Nazis and Stalinists in time gone by, many people now, particularly in the media, refuse to admit that the “religion of peace” is not peaceful.

Christians are mocked for the belief in the supernatural and maligned as backward folks who ignore science. “Look at what they did to Galileo!” is the mantra. People misunderstand what happened with Galileo and simplify it in order to dismiss Catholics as superstitious and stupid. In truth, Catholics have been supporters of the sciences. The Big Bang Theory was posited by a Catholic priest. Gregor Mendel who is known as the father of genetics was an Augustinian friar and abbot. Louis Pasteur was a devout Catholic. Jerome Lejeune, who discovered the genetic cause of Down Syndrome, has been named a Blessed.” Their faith was not contrary to science, and in fact, it was their faith and their longing to understand God’s world better that led them to experiment.

Many secularists ignore the science when it suits them. Catholics believe that life begins at conception. Science bears this out. Once a woman’s egg is fertilized, a new person with unique DNA is formed. While a woman’s egg alone is part of her body, an embryo is a separate being. Feminists chant, “Keep your rosaries off our ovaries,” while demanding they should have the right to murder their unborn children. They then refuse to see the subjugation and degradation of women that happens in Islamic states, and even here in the United States. Somehow it is acceptable for these things to happen in Islam but it completely unacceptable to request modest attire for Mass. The Catholic church “oppresses” women and girls by not allowing female priests, but it is acceptable to require Muslim women to cover their entires bodies from head to toe with only the eyes showing. The dichotomy is overwhelming.
“Gender fluidity” is another secular mantra. Here again, the science is ignored. We must allow our feelings to rule every aspect of our lives, even when those feelings are lies. The science of Biology tells us that gender is determined by the X and Y chromosomes. someone who is XX is female and someone who is XY is male. That is to be ignored and artificial hormones administered and surgical mutilation perpetrated on anyone who declares they are something other than the gender that biology declares them to be. The “religion of peace” would stone these people to death.

Science and history are being rewritten in order to suit the whims of the “cultural elite” and the mentally ill. The inmates are running the asylum. George Orwell was truly prophetic in his novel 1984.

My own prayer these days is often, “Lord, have mercy!”

I find this difficult

“Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” James 4:7

Does anyone else find such a simple thing difficult?  I want to submit to God, but it seems I get in my own way.  In so doing, I make myself an easy target for the devil.

Dear Lord,

Please help me to turn to you and not try to do everything myself.  May your will be done in my life.

Amen.

From St. Cyprian Bishop and Martyr

There is one God and one Christ and but one episcopal chair, originally founded on Peter, by the Lord’s authority. There cannot, therefore, be set up another altar or another priesthood. Whatever any man in his rage or rashness shall appoint, in defiance of the divine institution, must be a spurious, profane and sacrilegious ordinance.

You cannot have God for your Father if you

do not have the Church for your mother…. God is one and Christ is one, and his Church is one; one is the faith, and one is the people cemented together by harmony into the strong unity of a body…. If we are the heirs of Christ, let us abide in the peace of Christ; if we are the sons of God, let us be lovers of peace.

(St. Cyprian, The Unity of the Catholic Church)

Something I am guilty of…..

“You rehearse your brother’s trespasses, and forget about your own.”

St. Barsanuphius

H/T to Women of Grace Daily Lines

Something I struggle with….

If God has forgiven you your past, you have no right to continue clinging to it.”

  Alex Rebello

 

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