by Fr Richard Heilman | June 16, 2021 12:14 AM
Let’s get something straight. We are neither fanatics nor extremists; we are only “staying home.” In other words, we are choosing to remain loyal to what civilized people have always held as true. In the context of “staying home,” let’s call these truths the “house rules.” It is here that I point out that the prodigal son left home to follow “his own” rules. Once he came to his senses and returned home, he understood he could not bring the prostitutes with him; he could not advocate for “new house rules.” He came home, knowing that being home meant following the “house rules.”
Sure, there have been plenty of times within history that pushed a more evolved and “progressive” way of looking at things, like Sodom and Gomorrah. They had done all they could to “normalize” wickedness, and their wickedness did, indeed, become “normalized.” They had strayed so far from “home” (the house rules) that God, in essence, felt He needed to hit the reset button.
There was another point in Church history when just about everyone accepted that Jesus was not Divine (Arianism). Only a very few staunch and heroic souls did not buy what the majority was selling.
Archbishop Fulton Sheen wrote:
“Moral principles do not depend on a majority vote. Wrong is wrong, even if everybody is wrong. Right is right, even if nobody is right.”
Today, according to an August 5, 2019 Pew Research study, the vast majority of Catholics (nearly 70%) no longer believe that is God made Present on that altar. At the same time, far too many bishops condone admitting pro-abortion politicians to Holy Communion. Therefore, they are teaching the faithful that mortal sin no longer restricts anyone from receiving Holy Communion. They proclaim their “evolved” view, “The Eucharist is not a prize for the perfect.” In essence, they are saying, “We have ‘progressed’ beyond what was always held as true.”
In today’s culture, we are quickly seeing a remake of the “Sodom and Gomorrah Effect,” as 1.5 billion babies (worldwide since 1973) have been murdered under our watch, sodomy has become normalized, gender dysphoria has become normalized as men are allowed to enter the bathrooms of little girls, we are mandated to pay for abortions, nuns are told to pay for abortifacients, and on and on and on. Just recently, we are seeing a push to rename moms as “birthing persons.” And, all of this has happened in many of our lifetimes, while most of this has been forced on us in just the past few years.
As each of these attempts to create “new normals” are thrust upon us, many of us have the same look on our faces as the Mayberry cast in the photo for this article. “SAY WHAT?!” “We can just proclaim we are now another gender?!” Babies are not babies, so they can be murdered?!” “Marriage can now mean anything we want it to mean?!”
“WE’RE NOT BUYING WHAT YOU ARE SELLING!!”
Think about this, Adam and Eve, to their ruin, believed that “freedom” was defined as the freedom from adhering to the will of God. They wanted the ability to “Just Do It,” to do as they pleased and determine for themselves what was right and wrong. They believed they had “progressed” beyond God.
Aaaaand … there’s that seemingly indisputable term: “progress.” Or, as its adherents refer to themselves, “progressives.” By and large, this is a clever movement to utilize this term (talking point) – “progress” – to remake whatever they determine to be archaic and no longer applicable, by the “enlightened” generation who has thankfully, “arrived on the scene” (sarcasm alert).
They claim to have a kind of lofty gnostic understanding of things that the “common folk” do not possess. In reality, they are seeking an elite status by “opposite think.” In other words, if the lowly riff-raff – the deplorables – think one way, they will set themselves apart and above them by taking an opposite position to those troglodytes. They often make the lofty proclamation that they have “evolved.” What have they evolved beyond? GOD!
In today’s culture, if you hold these truths (Natural Law) to be self-evident (to borrow a phrase) – notions that find their source in our faith in God – YOU are the problem! YOU are causing division. And YOU must be censored or even punished. In other words, the so-called progressives have granted to themselves the right to dictate to everyone else what is right and wrong. They are the arbiters of what is considered the “new normal” of values. They have made themselves gods.
Jesus warned of this evil elitist “opposite think” with the Parable of the Weeds:
“The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.” (Matthew 13:24-26)
Have we been sleeping? Or, more possibly, have we been indifferent and distracted with our worldly affairs, as we allowed the enemy to sow weed after weed of falsehoods, with their goal to overtake the wheat, making their “weeds of lies” the new normal? We even have bishops punishing priests who dare offend the enemy sowing the “weeds of lies.”
It is way past time that we give a big fat “NO” to the “weeds of lies” and become more aggressive than we have ever been in planting the “good seeds of truth” everywhere possible.
St. Paul has always been one of my favorites, as you can always catch his strident “manner and tone” that comes from his military background. Here, St. Paul reminds us that the more we sow good seeds, the more we will receive God’s blessing. Conversely, those who sow the “weeds of lies” will get their comeuppance. “You reap what you sow!”
Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. (Galatians 6:7-10)
In other words, St. Paul was saying,
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