The Right Decision June 18, 2013Posted by lizp4 in Uncategorized.
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The Problem Of Evil June 15, 2013Posted by lizp4 in Uncategorized.
This article is an old one, from 2010 or so. As I reread it, I realized that I left out a very important aspect of humanity’s evil. The itch for evil lives in every one of us, no matter how good we are. There is a “restrainer” at work in good people that is either non-existent or ignored in those who go ahead with their plans for evil behavior.
“We have lost the ability to be disgusted and offended by evil…” Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
When we try to define evil, we find ourselves dealing with something the left insists doesn’t exist: Moral absolutes. People who have never been educated in everyday ethics and decent behavior don’t have a way to judge the difference between “good” and “evil,” since most of them have had no more than a sketchy education, if any, in morality and decent behavior. Lots of the rest of us don’t really understand it, either. Right or wrong, good or evil, heaven or hell. Very few of us have more than a passing knowledge, let alone interest in such things. Isn’t this why we train Theologians — To do the thinking about these things, so we don’t have to?
This is an attitude that leads to a Pandora’s Box of consequences, not the least of which is a “de-moralized” population of “if it feels good do it” people literally Hell-bent on getting their share of the happiness pie. Don’t bother them with morality, they want what they want when they want it, so don’t get in their way with stuff they couldn’t care less about. Adults are usually considered mature enough to make these kinds of choices. Parents are responsible for their children’s behavior, public and private. But todays young parents haven’t been taught much about this by their parents, and the cycle continues. We have children killing children to “see what it feels like,” and horror stories too numerous to mention of amoral youths perpetrating evil with glee. Calling themselves “Satanists” gives them a perceived excuse and fall-guy for their antisocial behavior. If they only knew…
What is Rabbi Shmuley talking about here? Shouldn’t we be glad that we don’t have those old-fashioned morals dragging us down any longer? Shouldn’t we be rejoicing that we can do all things to everyone without worrying about consequences? Not people with consciences. Thank God for those of us who have learned the truth about good and evil. We will continue to be disgusted by evil. And, there really are truly evil people in the world. Beware.
Boteach put it very well. We have lost our ability to be DISGUSTED and offended by evil. Behavior that used to cause us to draw back in horror, to shun or ostracize the evildoers, to react in very negative ways is now ho-hum and commonplace. One look at the hatred for the Jewish people and of Israel, abortion statistics, or the truth about the partial-birth abortion should tell you that. Men abducting and raping children, then murdering them is one of the few disgusting evils left to our society, an outgrowth of the policies of NAMBLA. If these things aren’t evil, then nothing is.
There are some things, like the Holocaust, or the Turkish slaughter of the Armenians, or the genocides of Mao, Pol Pot, Stalin, and the images of unborn babies cut to pieces in their mothers’ wombs that need to be seen to be grasped. Rather than close our eyes in horror and refuse to see the reality of evil, we should study those images, commit them to memory, and swear that we will do everything in our power to prevent them from now on.
Seeing and understanding these images needs to be the catalyst that makes us realize that we are part of the solution, that we can no longer stand idly by. Like losing our virginity, the sight of physical evil like these examples should change us forever. From that moment on, we can never go back to our ignorant, innocent previous condition.
But evil for its own sake is seldom revealed in all its monstrosity, simply because, even though we may be ignorant of evil, we are born with a primal understanding that there are some things that are simply too far beyond our normal experience to be permitted. The video of the beheading of Daniel Pearl by the jihadists was bad enough. Making a video of the perpetrators rejoicing at the event, shouting “Allahu akbar!” as the poor man struggled and died before our eyes was a perfect example of evil that should haunt us all, even the hedonistic and carefree.
Some borders simply cannot be crossed by rational humans. Many times, we come up against thinly-camouflaged evil, such as that which lies behind the Forced-abortion, one-child per family laws in China, or the number of celebrities who have come out in support of Roman Polanski, a child-rapist who claims he did nothing wrong, even though the girl was only thirteen years old at the time. Listing evil doesn’t do much to move the narrative forward, though, and we come to the point where we have to ask, “What can be done about the deep evil that surrounds us?”
We can ask God, “Why is there so MUCH of this horrible evil in Your world?” but thinking people know that the answer is simply because man is not perfectible on earth. Finding our way through the maze of sorrows without becoming part of the evil that saturates it, that seeks to devour God’s creation is the challenge we are all expected to meet. We have all the tools necessary at our command. All we have to do is ask.
And, we must pray as if our lives depend on it. For, even if our own lives do not, those of our children and grandchildren most assuredly do.
A New Prescription June 12, 2013Posted by lizp4 in Uncategorized.
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Many years ago, when I was but a sprig on the family tree, all medical transactions were either cash or barter. I was twelve or so the first time I ever saw a Blue Cross-Blue Shield decal in my doctor’s office window. He still took cash from most of his patients, or eggs, or other produce, but if the patient was an employee of the Geneva steel mill in Provo, the insurance went into effect.
Since that time, not only has the number of doctors, clinics, and hospitals taking insurance payments ballooned, but the price of a visit to a doctor’s office has gone from five dollars to seventy-five, just for signing in at the desk. And the size of insurance premiums has swelled, as well.
Nowadays, people look for ways to avoid going to the doctor, simply because the forms are complicated, intrusive, and incomprehensible, the costs of premiums to pay for insurance to pay for the office call (which the doctor uses to buy his own insurance against malpractice suits). The costs for all of medical care have surged upward over the years. Technology makes medical care more foolproof, but doctors and clinics are still being sued by unsatisfied patients.
Obamacare is taking all this and magically turning it into the kind of situation we would all like to have back. Who wouldn’t want to return to the days of even a $25 office call? Those previous high costs of medical care and insurance look like happy, golden days of yore, compared to what the pretender and his band of flying monkeys have in store for us. It’s no wonder there are doctors everywhere who are going back to the “cash only” office call.
Hmmm…I guess if you stick around long enough, everything will come around again. Personally, I’m glad to see the days of the cash-based doctor’s office return. If we need insurance, we should be able to buy it, but for routine medical care, a cash transaction can mean real freedom from further obligation for patient AND doctor. Who knows?? Maybe there will even be doctors willing to listen to your heart and make you say, “Ahhh!” for a pair of chickens or a brake job on his SUV?
Get Your Hankies Out June 11, 2013Posted by lizp4 in Uncategorized.
And, not for the expected reason…
I Have A Qestion…? June 11, 2013Posted by lizp4 in Uncategorized.
It strikes me as odd that there is so much surveillance of private citizens going on. This could have ALL been avoided in 2001: All they had to do was PROFILE. So, my question is: Why didn’t they???
No Rule But His Own June 7, 2013Posted by lizp4 in Uncategorized.
The rights we enjoy as citizens of the United States, and as children of God, are true rights. They aren’t privileges granted by some earthly sovereign.
It says something about hubris when a presumed “leader” attempts to remove those rights, as if an earthly entity could, this side of death. It says somebody believes that their power is equal to that of God. God may have bestowed the rights upon us (every last one of us, no exceptions, anywhere in the world, incidentally), but he, convinced he is at least as powerful as God, is sure it is within his ability to deprive us of them.
Pursuing these contemplations leads to only one conclusion: there is only one way for these rights to be removed. Unfortunately, it’s pretty obvious that the person in question doesn’t mind if a few eggs get broken for his omelet. But there are people in America who are willing to make that sacrifice if necessary. Many of them have already risked it at least once before, and know clearly what is at stake.
A right is not a present. It is an intrinsic part of our humanity, part of what makes us individual humans, like our anatomy or our emotions. It was included in our creation, and cannot be removed simply by speaking the words, “I decree, by my right as sovereign, that you no longer have that right!” Saying it doesn’t make it so, any more than willing it can change one’s eye color from blue to brown.
When a government systematically undermines, removes, and abrogates the rights intrinsic in our humanity and our citizenship, it commits war on its own people.
What are our alternatives in such situations? I wish I knew. I’m just one person, old enough to be aghast at what I see happening to rights I have come to depend upon for 2/3 of a century. It looks like the desperation and frantic wild swinging of a weak pugilist who knows he is defeated but vows to go down fighting. It really is a sad demonstration of pathological paranoia. It’s difficult to gin up any sympathy for such destructive behavior. But there hasn’t been a law in place before 2008 that hasn’t been broken, and the only reason I can think of for it is someone is determined to make all new laws to replace them. No laws but his. No rule but his own.
Desperation and paranoia.
Ask Yourself June 4, 2013Posted by lizp4 in Uncategorized.
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What are they willing to do to us to get their way and preserve their hold on power?
Is there any point beyond which they will not go?
Is internment enough, or will they want to use all those new lead, brass, and copper trinkets they have amassed?
Is their power so precious to them they will stop at nothing to retain it?
How much of our military and law enforcement bodies have been co-opted by them?
Boy, I’m asking questions I don’t want to answer. I’m scaring my little self…
Forming Our Consciences June 1, 2013Posted by lizp4 in Uncategorized.
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The Catholic Church has always taught that its people should make choices and decisions by the use of a “properly formed conscience.”
In the olden days (prior to Vatican II), this was done in Church and in parochial schools. The priests of old were masters of the conscience-forming homily, and did not hesitate to blast moral errors from the pulpit. The congregation might shrink back in their pews, but the facts were presented, the contrasts between right and wrong were very clearly set forth, and the scriptural and dogmatic reasons for those contrasts were clearly defined. Any churchgoer who chose “wrong” did it deliberately, because there was no chance they could claim ignorance of the truth, thanks to the diligence of priests, who in those days took the responsibility of the salvation of their flocks’ souls as a prerequisite for their own salvation. If the priest wanted to go to Heaven, he first had to teach his flock how to get there.
My, how times have changed. My parish is blessed with a nice young priest. He is a multi-talented man, and has a private pilot’s license, which he uses to get to various far-flung parishes throughout the huge diocese. He is a good man, a very good confessor, and is humble and kind. But he WILL NOT PREACH ABOUT ABORTION. Not a word. Ever.
So, how are the people in my parish to know that abortion is evil; the taking of an innocent life? How will they ever learn what the Church teaches about it? How will they know what the Church has to say about the monster Kermit Gosnell? Years ago, Father Fiery would have been telling the people in the pews that God has a special place in hell for people who kill babies.
So Catholics today in most parishes get diluted moral messages, little to no information on the proper formation of their consciences, and no instructions on how to find the proper moral path. And we wonder why so few speak up against abortion, sex outside of marriage, and other moral problems. And we also wonder why we seem to be reaping the consequences of weak moral teaching.
We can’t teach each other?? Part of the problem is, of course, that we should have picked up the ball when it was first dropped by the priests, but that was not done in most cases, and now we have a population that could be called “morally illiterate” for their ignorance of right and wrong, saddled with consciences like wet dishrags because they have no firm foundation in morality.
We have the power to stop this now, here. Teach your children the real difference between the real right and wrong, and make sure they understand the truth about abortion and other moral problems prevalent in America today. If the ball is going to be in the parents’ court, they should at least try to hit it a few times.
A properly formed conscience knows how to compare its beliefs to Scripture and dogma, and to proceed accordingly. It doesn’t guarantee the individual will be sinless, obviously, but it does help to make the choices necessary to make one’s way along the straight and narrow way that leads to Life. Our mortal life is full of choices and decisions, and it is good to know that there are authoritative guidelines that we can rely upon to help us make those choices.
Dear England May 31, 2013Posted by lizp4 in Uncategorized.
You are the land of almost all my ancestors. My bloodlines are as “British” as they come, so I feel a real sense of loss when I read, time after time, that you are giving ground to the Islamists in your country without a fight. And, on those few occasions when a real Englishman speaks up, or tries to reassert English sovereignty, he is shouted down, punished, and prosecuted. How can this be so?
I know that I have no influence, and really, no room to talk, having shaken my finger at you on more than one occasion for your condescending attitude towards us over here in the “Colonies.” But, I am begging you, for the sake of your GLORIOUS history, for your inimitable culture and pageantry, for the great, flowing streams of tradition that glide endlessly from your ancient past, not to let yourselves be chewed up by the fangs of political correctness.
When England lost her church, she lost her soul. Queers and effetes took it over, kicked out Biblical tradition, and opened its arms to heresy and apostasy, leaving the people in the pews with no spiritual or emotional foundation to steady them in the face of adversity.
Now, your young people are rudderless dolts and yobs, drifting through life on the dole and ekeing out an existence in the “council houses” (what we call “projects” here), with never a thought to their future, and a profound ignorance of what is transpiring behind the scenes. Some will never work a day in their lives, never earn a farthing. But they will be the first to demand that their share of the Crown’s largesse be increased.
Of all nations, the land of Victoria, Churchill, and Thatcher, the birthplace of the stiff upper lip of Montgomery and Mountbatten, of the pluck and duty of Nelson that has characterized you and your people for over a thousand years, you have been the beacon of civilization and justice to the whole world. You are the nation that gathered the Crusades and beat the Saracens back, not just once, but numerous times. Your kings have died on the Saracen blade; your valorous queens have stood fast in the face of evil wherever it was found.
Please don’t tell me that you have decided to simply hand yourself over to this latest invasion without resistance, or that you have willingly and without a fight reached out and placed the Saracen boot upon your own neck.
As your great-grandchild, I implore you to rouse the great British Lion and stand fast against the inroads being made on your wonderful culture by illiterate dupes of a failed belief system, whose philosophy is to convert or kill, without quarter.
There will always be an England, — but will she be British??
(Already the archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has said that “Shariah law is inevitable” in the United Kingdom, and menacing no-go areas in Muslim neighborhoods where non-Muslims should fear to tread have cropped up.)
Remember This? May 29, 2013Posted by lizp4 in Uncategorized.
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If you practicing Catholics aren’t old enough to remember this, your loss…
I remember my confirmation day very well, because I fainted and was hauled out very unceremoniously by the ushers. Seared into my memory. Seared, I tell you…