So You Seek A Miracle?

Fatima PaperOn October 13, 1917, your great, great grandfather and grandmother sat together on a sofa somewhere in the world as a miracle was filling the skies in Portugal.  In the days that followed they heard the news, practically everyone worldwide heard the news, that a genuine miracle had occurred, and the most unlikely thing had happened.

The sun had danced around the sky and been witnessed by a crowd of between 30,000 and 100,000 people, including media, there to see it.  It was, in many ways, the biggest news story in the world.  To repeat: The sun had danced around the sky.  Is it possible?  It would hardly have been a miracle if it was possible.  Did it happen?  There is no court system in the world that does not allow witnesses to establish truth.  There were thousands of witnesses.  The sun had danced around the sky.

What could lead to such an event?
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The Wrath of God

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.

In The Beginning . . .

CreationIf you had to pick a handful of the most controversial issues in the world, creation would have to be among them.  Was the world literally created all at once, with two people named Adam and Eve right there at Earth’s beginnings?  Or are we to read Genesis less as journalism and more as symbolism?  If there is a middle ground, what is it, and could a self-respecting traditional Catholic possibly occupy something as shaky as a middle ground?

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A Few Thoughts This Earth Day

pexels-photo-346885.jpegI 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.

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Cogitatio: Christ Was Here

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.

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The Just War Imperative

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A past bombing in Syria.

For the agents or military of one nation to cross another sovereign nation’s borders and do damage to people or property is war.  It is not an intervention, it is not a police action, it is not a pre-retaliatory counter-attack.  It is war.  That said, war is not always wrong.  It can be justified, or even necessary.  But if it is not justified, it must be condemned.  Those are the lessons of history.

 

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