While it was a worldly force that may have found its way into the Church regardless, modernism, the mother of all heresies, a philosophy that eschews the supernatural aspects of the faith, began creeping into the Church early in the last century. That is, if not all the way back to the “Enlightenment.” Regardless, it was finally powerful enough to exert its influence in the 1960s, coinciding with the Second Vatican Council. As the world became post-Christian and less supernaturally aware in the decades following the counsel, this toxic worldview spread within the Church with less suspicion and increasing vigor.
The events in Ireland this week have been much discussed. While there are a thousand perspectives on it, though, one truth cannot be denied: Abortion is an unnatural act. That is to say, it is literally an act against creation, and writ large it exposes a terrible failure of humanity itself. We have so distanced ourselves from the nature of God that we, collectively, think we can deny it, blind ourselves to it, overrule it. But we cannot, and the evidence of that fact is everywhere, if we care to look for it.
God is ever creating the universe and we are all a part of that. Creation, after all, was not just In The Beginning but is also now, right now. The unmoved mover by His stillness keeps everything in motion, alive, creating, being. From atoms to the universe itself, everything is in movement. It is ingredient in the nature of things, ingredient in the world we live in, clear from the simple observation of creation.
God’s infiniteness cannot be constrained by His stillness, for it is infinite, so instead it drives all that is around Him, all that He has created and is creating now. God Is. He Himself said to Moses: “I AM WHO AM. Thus shalt thou say to the children of Israel: HE WHO IS, hath sent me to you.” And that is the key point of the matter. It is not central that He was Creator, it is central that His is Creating now.
In this whirlwind of motion, of being, of infinite infiniteness He created all of us, individually. Human beings are special. They are not like the animals, not even like the angels. We are a part of a great experiment called Free Will. Infused by God with a soul at the moment of our creation, we each represent a facet of the infiniteness of God. A unique sliver of the everything that God is, we were put into the world to cope, thrive, suffer and, eventually, exist forever. Every finite human being is connected to God in their soul, and by God to everyone else.
All of this is to say we are all children of God, he is the Father of Creation—not just the creation back then, but the creation of this moment. As such, in such a whirlwind of divine fecundity, how could we die? Alas we cannot. We too are eternal, not infinite, but eternal. We can return to our Maker during this life and recognize Him or we can freely reject Him. All of our choices decide the matter. All of our attitudes. All of what we Will during this time we are given, this time we are tested.
It is in this perspective that the matter of taking an innocent life must be viewed. In the midst of a universe of creation, of motion, of love, of endless moments alive with life, it is a choice to end another’s earthly existence. It is a choice to go against the movement of God, the instinct to create, to move, to dance, to live, to love.
The life ended, on this plane of existence, is violently treated but it is eternal. But the simple fact that we can offer such a choice, given what we have been told and shown for so long, is even more unthinkable and unnatural. It is a rejection of the God that Is. Nature is demonstrating to us how to be, hinting, prodding, revealing. To end an innocent human life is to reject these messages, to deny the nature of creation that moves like a wind around us.
The sad vote in Ireland last week shows we are much farther from where we are supposed to be than we can even imagine.
Printed simultaneously in the Traditian Order and Traditium.
When you look closely at history it’s quite odd to see the fashions of particular ages. In certain periods certain trends, certain philosophies, seem to be all the rage. That they could believe the things they did in the past just seems ridiculous to us in our current, enlightened age.
After all, we are in an enlightened age of mercy, an age where the idea that anyone will be judged is anathema, an age where pagan and heterodox beliefs are bubbling to the surface again in the name of conforming to the age around us. Such is tolerance.
When bathing in such waters, it is good to keep in mind, though, that God does not deal in fashions. He is fully for mercy while he is fully for justice. Indeed, both at the same time, eternally so, and without contradiction. While our age and our leaders focus on tolerance, mercy, love and acceptance, there is a part of all of us, indeed even the modernists, who know that God–while he loves all and is infinitely merciful–is also infinitely just. We live in the age of Who Am I To Judge? But God will judge. Christ was very clear, indeed, He spoke of Hell more than he spoke of most issues.
Fear of the Lord? This age might consider it a horrible thing to fear the God of Love, but it is the eternal beginning of wisdom. You cannot do as you please, make yourself God and expect to go unjudged. The times teach this, and in doing so they can deceive. You will be judged, by timeless standards, by God who has been so very clear. He may be merciful, but do not try to BE Him, do not try to take truth into your own hands, do not assume that you are in control.
History shows that there are some who write off the God of the Old Testament, or claim that He was some other God, but He was not. The Old must be reconciled with the new to find the eternal, the balance, the ageless truth. You are not God. You will be judged. Entire peoples have been judged. Who, the Hell, are you?
Soak in the age, for God is in fact mercy, God is in fact love. But do not forget that He is also, equally, justice, and judgment. Do not forget that this age is no less susceptible to fashionable philosophies than any other. The times tell us that we stand atop history, that we can create our own truth. That is the fashion. There will be a time when people look back on it and wonder how anyone could believe such a ridiculous thing.
Your eternal soul is on the line. Pursue balance, fear God and seek wisdom.
I am late to the party as usual. Authors with a good sense of time are responsible and submit their thoughts for publishing at least a week prior to any given holiday. That is not me; unfortunately, I am more often the last to the show because I don’t really look much at calendars. This invariably means I manage to get T-Boned by low holidays when I wake the morning of. Nonetheless, I have a few reflections on this particular secular feast. For Christians it is one that should, at the minimal, be approached with extreme skepticism.
Of course, I am speaking of Earth Day.
The annual celebration began in 1970 in response to activist John McConnell’s proposition at a UNESCO conference to “honor the earth and the concept of peace.” On its face, this day should not seem out of line with the faith. We worship the Prince of Peace and are vocationally called to be good stewards; so what is the problem? For one, Earth day is not so peaceful when considering a particular theme synonymous with the holiday’s celebration.
Cogitatio For The Fourth Week of April, 2018 A.D.:
The month of April, 2018 has been a poignant one for Christianity. It ends with the English medical and court systems basically leaving little Alfie Evans to the elements, despite so many prayers and opportunities for him to be treated elsewhere. His life at the moment hangs in the balance with no telling what will happen except that England as a nation now leaves behind the last shreds of its Christianity, opting for whatever comes after. It was all a stunningly pre-Christian, even pagan, tableau. Leave the weak to fend for themselves, it’s better off if they go, no use for them to suffer, and no need to worry because the tyrannical state will decide it all for you.