Wednesday, December 11, 2013

We have a “church” near our house that is making it comfortable for anyone to join no matter who they are, what they believe or what they practice. They say it is our job to accept and love, to be nice, not to judge.

Celebrate Diversity is a slogan of acceptance, multiculturalism, non-judgmental inclusion. Some of this is great. We should welcome people, recognize and appreciate different customs, cultures, languages and traditions. We should love and accept any and every human person.

Slogan on their sign

(Side note: But I guarantee that they would not not be accepting of me and my stand on Catholic and biblical morals unless I kept my mouth shut and my thoughts to myself. Those who claim to be the most liberal and tolerant and usually the most intolerant bigots of all.)

But this is also a nefarious slogan when it means we must turn our eyes for moral deviance and sinful lifestyles and conduct. We use these slogans to change society and to force everyone to accept anything. Celebrating Diversity is not just aimed at cultures and languages and peoples, it is also calculated to indiscriminately accept lifestyles and conduct that is immoral, deviant and sinful (oh, don’t those words smack of intolerance and judgmentalism??)

How do we choose our churches today? Do we ask what the God of heaven and earth requires of us? Do we ask whether Our Lord actually started a Church which still exists or whether the “church” is merely a gathering of diverse people who love (i.e. “nice”) and don’t judge each other; a “church” conformed to fit anyone’s set of principles — what the particular groups votes on to be right or wrong, acceptable or inacceptable? 

Americans tend to choose their churches like they choose their restaurants. On Monday afternoon we drive down Main Street and notice all the restaurants — we ask ourselves, “What do I FEEL like today?” Our stomach tells us which drive-thru to turn into. 

Under the Rainbow anyone and anything is included and OK (except my conservative worldview :-)

On Sunday we drive down Main Street and see all the churches lining the street and ask ourselves the same question, “What do I FEEL like today?”

We pick a “church” that fits OUR way of thinking, acting, living, conduct. Very few choose a church based on what God has revealed and what He expects. 

That is why I am a Catholic Christian. While it is not the easiest, the softest, or the one that approves of anything and everything. But it is multi-cultural, and accepts all people like a hospital accepts all those who seek healing. It stands immovable in its love of the human person but not of immoral or sinful lifestyles and conduct. She won’t change her views because this is the Church Jesus founded and He is building. He doesn’t change him mind on these matters nor does He define truth based on a popular vote.

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Article below from www.CatholicVote.org

 

Another week, another media frenzy over our pope.

This morning Time announced they have selected Pope Francis as Person of the Year.

Good news? A non-story? What to make of this all?

George Weigel has said that the late Blessed John Paul II regularly inquired of his visitors the details of what was happening in their corner of the world.

According to Weigel, the pope wasn’t as much interested in the political stories that dominated the headlines. He was more fascinated by what the Holy Spirit was doing through these events.

Which brings us to the widespread popularity of Pope Francis.

What is the Holy Spirit up to?

According to the headlines this morning, the Holy Father’s approval rating (who knew there was such a thing!) is at 92% among Catholics. Non-Catholics too are intrigued. Even non-religious. And the media, evidenced by today’s news, loves him.

But wait! Many of you are writing us saying: these people don’t understand what our Church teaches! They aren’t pro-life, they don’t defend traditional marriage, or they don’t believe in the Real Presence.

Stop.

The Church is most assuredly facing significant threats. The list is long, and we need not recount them all here. The newfound popularity for Pope Francis and the Church can at times seem like a contradiction. Many new people are intrigued by our Church, while its adversaries seemingly continue to grow.

We can’t help but recall St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. For it seems that what we are witnessing is the battle not of flesh and blood, but of spiritual principalities. Satan is worried. And he is working overtime. We see his poisoned fruits everywhere in our culture.

But the Holy Spirit too is clearly at work as well. Big time.

Will the popularity of our Holy Father translate to a deeper faith among Catholics? Will it lead to higher Mass attendance, more vocations, and a greater embrace of the fullness of Catholic teaching? We don’t know.

The ways of Our Lord are a mystery. But we do know what Christ promised us in his Church.

For that reason, we ask you to pray with us today for the Pope in the words from St. Paul that follows in Ephesians: 

With all prayer and supplication, pray at every opportunity in the Spirit. To that end, be watchful with all perseverance and supplication for all the holy ones’ and also for me, that speech may be given me to open my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel. 

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Good News about Grandson Sebastian

by Steve Ray on December 11, 2013

Sebastian and the rest of us resting much better today!

From my Son-in-Law at the Hospital at 6:45 AM:

Sebastian is feeling noticeably better at this point. He’s gotten some decent sleep.

Everything looks really good. They tested out his strength, eyes, awareness, etc. and he’s looking really good right now. The bleeding in his head is actually pretty minimal, they said, and he’s going to be just fine.

The two open questions are whether they keep him another day to be observed just to be safe and whether they put him on anti-seizure meds for the next 7 days also just to make sure.

They’re going to let him try drinking a little and see how he does with it, but he just wanted to go back to sleep for the time being, which he is doing peacefully now.

THANKS SO MUCH for all the prayers and concern. Based on the way he was acting and his condition last night I would not doubt at all that God did a miracle in the middle of the night for our family. We wait till we get to heaven to find out for sure but my guess is there was some Divine intervention. Thanks for all your concern and prayers.

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