A pattern in the Old Testament that certainly emerges over generations is the forward-backward step of the people of God, faithful and then unfaithful in turns. Today we need the prophets, the Dominics, to be raised up among us again and again. I have four children, each one baptized and therefore anointed as prophets - worthy of constant prayer!
Monday, July 27, 2015
I must apologize for hasty words below on Catholic education. I am tempted to delete them but that would be dishonest and cowardly. It is perhaps best to leave them as a reminder of my pride and folly.
To be clear, yes, religious education is far from ideal, but like parenting, most of us do our best with limited resources, including me. We have the best intentions but we always fall short. We also fall into pride and think we can do better than others, and while being better than ourselves is always a good goal, judging ourselves above others, as I have done, is always a doomed exercise. As the records show, my judgment was laced with poison.
I have much to learn, and perhaps these matters are best kept between my spiritual director and myself. To all whom I had offended, please accept my apologies. To any who agreed with me in any way, keep the good intentions but throw away the pride, as I should have done before I had published that post. If I could rewrite the past, I should have brought up these concerns as questions, clarifications, and at most, suggestions. I may have had good points to make, but I made them very badly.
And here is a blogging resolution: never blog or send email in an anxious state. Prayer first, always.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Saturday, July 18, 2015
The other evening I witnessed first hand how the Church is poisoned from within, as I sat dumbfounded at times while a religious education teacher taught falsehood in preparing children for Confirmation. This explains how we got here, and a few thoughts came to mind later.
1. Teachers of Catholic religious education should have more than teaching degrees and theology courses. They must be committed to daily Liturgy of the Hours. They must be faithful in orthodoxy. Ex corde ecclesiae!
2. Our priests and nuns should pull out of politics. It is not in lobbying, but in the education of our young that they can change the world. That has been neglected, and so we are in this mess.
3. Teaching is where I should consider my ministry, because this is where the Church is bleeding, infected, and exposing its members to poison.
4. It is high time we stop being quiet and politically correct. Problems will not go away without naming and addressing them head on. We do not serve or neighbor by affirming them in or abandoning them to their poison.
Friday, July 17, 2015
Our fight is not against human foes but against cosmic powers, against the authorities and potentates of this dark world, against the superhuman forces of evil in the heavens. Stand firm, I say, and fasten onto the belt of truth. You have but to stand firm and watch the Lord coming to your aid.
That responsory from the Office of Readings seems very apt. The whole world, as they day, has gone mad. It strains the gnat and swallows the camel, nurtures beasts and murders children, and even where we least expect it, our children are taught falsehood while Godly doctrine is shunned. But our job is to stand firm, the battle is God's, and he has already won the war.