Friday, May 7, 2010
What The World Will Never And What Catholics Should Never Accept
Those of you who subscribe to Magnificat read the meditation for today written by Elisabeth Leseur. There were several lines that stood out for me in this brief reflection; one was: "The chasm between souls can only be filled by God." There is a great divide between all of us souls roaming the earth. She goes on to talk about how the world approves and allows just about everything and anything and that it will not tolerate those who give any of themselves to God; the world seems to feel deprived of those things we who live for God keep from the world.
Part of the reason I was so struck by what she wrote was because she wrote this back in the late 1800's ~early 1900's, but it is true of today's world probably more than ever.
The writing ended with this quote: "The love of God is the only eccentricity the world does not and will never accept." Just look at what is going on in the world today with all the attacks on the Holy Father and the Church itself to see proof of that statement.
There are many who live there lives for God defending the Faith, there are also those who may want to and can't take the heat that may come from doing so, some of these are those who are called to lead and teach us.
No sooner did I finish reading this reflection by this holy woman and Servant of God, did I come across this story over at Catholic Culture. The story is about a presentation given by Sara Bendoraitis at the University of Scranton. This woman supports abortion rights and the use of artificial contraception; both go against the teaching of the Catholic Church. The University of Scranton is a Jesuit run university, and in my humble opinion this woman had no business even being invited to speak.
When newly ordained Bishop Bambera expressed his concern to the university's president, Fr. Scott Pilarz. SJ, Father Pilarz told the bishop he would attend the function to make sure that :"the principles of Catholic teaching are upheld."
Now maybe I am missing something, but I am not sure how a woman who supports abortion and birth control can speak without those views even remotely seeping into whatever she planned to speak about. In which case I am also not sure how the principles of Catholic teaching were going to be upheld.
I do not mean to go on a rant or criticize the bishop. This type of thing seems to be happening in more than just one or two so called Catholic colleges. As I said it is a slippery slope, and I just think we need to stay off of it all together.
If I have spoken out of turn or without enough fact, I apologize for that. I realize that our Catholic colleges are responsible for turning our young adults out into this world of ours, but they need to teach them and prepare them for this world in the light of the Truth that is Christ and His teachings. Those are the tools our young people need.
When I read this article, the truth of what Elisabeth Leseur said about the world not accepting the things of God became crystal clear.
As I said, this post was not meant to be a rant or an attack against the way bishops do their very difficult job, perhaps it is my way of relating how the world has not changed much since Elisabeth's day~or maybe it has; it has gotten worse.
I pray that all of our bishops and priests use the gift of fortitude to teach the truth of our Catholic faith convenient or inconvenient. I also pray that all of us who practice and hold our faith dear will also have the courage to speak when necessary, and that we may do so with love and compassion but also conviction.
It is also my way of speaking out for what is and Who is the absolute Truth.
Psalm 45: Canticle of Love to the King
My heart overflows with a good theme;
I address my verses to the King;
My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
You are fairer than the sons of men;
Grace is poured upon Your lips;
Therefore God has blessed You forever.
Gird Your sword on Your thigh, O Mighty One,
In Your splendor and Your majesty!
And in Your majesty ride on victoriously,
For the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
Let Your right hand teach You awesome things.
Your arrows are sharp;
The peoples fall under You;
Your arrows are in the heart of the King’s enemies.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever;
A scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.
You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of joy above Your fellows.
All Your garments are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;
Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad.
Kings’ daughters are among Your noble ladies;
At Your right hand stands the queen in gold from Ophir.