For when our human strength prevails,
     pride and self-reliance grow.
We then forget that we are creatures,
     whom to God, due worship owe.

I cannot think of a better example of the first two lines of this stanza than what is happening today with the government of the USA!  As I write this (June 2012), the first amendment right to freedom of religion is being trampled into the ground in favor of what is erroneously being called “reproductive rights” and “women’s health care”.  We can be legally charged with a hate crime for disagreeing with someone who is in favor of same sex marriage.  Moms who choose to stay at home and raise their kids, often sacrificing many niceties in favor of providing the care and stability that only a mom can give, are being verbally assaulted, insulted, and described as “never working”.  This last part in particular leaves me stunned!  For years women have fought this battle against men who don’t appreciate what it takes to get through a day while taking care of children.  Now the evil one has sisters attacking sisters.


One of my favorite priests says, “It is entirely possible to be educated unto imbecility.”  As a country we have lost wisdom.  Just because we can do a thing, does not mean we should.  The preoccupation with “reproductive rights” and same-sex marriage issues is a prime example of how we run amuck (to behave in an uncontrolled and often violent way), when we think for ourselves.


This is very simple – if you want to prevent unwanted pregnancies, do not engage in the behavior that causes pregnancy!  Abstinence is 100% SAFE and effective!!  I find it mind-boggling that in a country founded upon the principles of Christianity, because they work for the ‘common good’ , we actually have leaders of our nation who would rather “…shut down the government than defund Planned Parenthood!”  (Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid) But it’s true!


Don’t be so open minded that your brains fall out!


The bottom line is that this is about sex, and people who want to have as much of it as possible, whenever they want, with whom they want (including children), without having to worry about  ‘complications’ and responsibility for the ‘consequences’ (read babies), of their actions!  This is the work of the devil!


My heart gets heavy just thinking about things like this.  And because it seems that a steady progression of ‘even worse’ things are coming to light every day, it’s a great temptation to swear mightily and jump into the fray!  It might help to do a little yelling and screaming of my own….but not for long. 


As I sit here writing this, I am surprised and delighted to realize how deeply I understand that rather than rant and rave, I need to pray, because prayer is truly the only helpful or hopeful recourse I have.  Thank you, Jesus!  I feel kind of like a spectator sometimes as I watch, read, or hear the news, and observe how even in the past six years things have gotten much worse….and, as much as I’d like to, I can’t do a thing to stop it!!  It is truly like watching from a distance, seeing that the bridge over a ravine is out and a train is coming.


Control is an illusion!!  This is perfectly stated in Psalm 146: 3-4.


Put no trust in princes,

in mortal men in whom there is no help.

Take away their breath, they return to clay

and their plans that day come to nothing.


Although we may not like it, we can’t deny the truth of this.  We really have no control.  Don’t believe it?  Try holding your breath - for about an hour.


Science cannot prove or disprove the existence of God, yet the proof of His existence is all around us if we are willing to see it.  The ‘orderliness’ of everything in the universe did not happen by accident, or by some sort of natural progression.  In Ben Stein’s movie “Expelled”, there is a discussion with evolutionists about where the first living cell came from.  Rather than believing that there could be an intelligent designer or creator,  they propose that the first living cell on earth either piggy-backed on a crystal or was seeded by aliens.  Truly! Talk about a leap of faith!!  (Where did the aliens come from?)


Some friends and I were recently discussing physics or metaphysics (Please forgive my ignorance and lack of correct terminology), and the fact that scientists say that we should be able to put our finger through a wooden table, or anything else for that matter, because matter, broken into its smallest particles, is not held together by anything. There is nothing, like links in a chain or nuts and bolts, that holds things together, nothing…..except God!


God literally holds us in existence.  No!  It’s not too good to be true….it’s so good it must be true.  He loves us into being, and holds us in existence every moment of our lives!!


In a world that demands proof for just about everything, and where very few people can actually tell you what they DO believe in, it is normal to have doubts.  Jesus knew this and He understands.  We have the example of “Doubting Thomas” who, after having heard from the other apostles that Jesus was alive, told them,


(” Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nailmarks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.John 20:25)


The next time Jesus visited them the first thing He did after blessing them all with His peace, was to rid Thomas of his doubt.


(”Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.“Then he said to Thomas, “John 20:27)


We must learn to bring our doubts to Jesus.  If we do this in honesty and sincerity, just like Thomas, He will provide what we need to free us from our doubt and give us His peace.


Do we really owe God anything?  Yes.  Love.  It’s the only thing we can give Him, the only thing He wants is that we freely return His love.  And we gain everything in return!

In the book, “Lift Up Your Heart” Archbishop Fulton Sheen says:


Let Go of Fear


God does not love us because we are lovable of and by ourselves, but because he has put his own love into us.  He does not even wait for us to love; his own love perfects us.  Letting it do this, with no resistance, no holding back for fear of what our egotism must give up, is the one way to the peace that the world can neither give nor take away.


God creates us, loves us deeply and tenderly, draws us to Himself, and gives us every opportunity possible to turn to Him, and love Him in return because He is Love!


Our problem is fear, and in his talks, “The Seven Deadly Sins and the Seven Lively Virtues”, Fr. Robert Barron says that fear is the cause of all sin.  Because of the devil’s insinuations, Adam and Eve were afraid that God was holding out on them.


The problems and issues of this world we live in blind us to the greater spiritual realities, the main one being that God IS reality.  He has everything under control whether it seems that way to us or not.  But when we are spiritually blind, we cannot see what God sees; we can only see the physical realities and propaganda that are ‘hammered´ into our consciousness every waking moment of the day.  And like Adam and Eve we fall into the trap, we allow fear to be insinuated into our beings, we turn away from Love, and turn inward on ourselves instead.


The amazing advancements in science and technology can easily lead us to a false belief that, “We know so much now, we don’t need God….if He even exists.” 


It’s interesting though, that even with all our expert knowledge, we can’t make anything original; we can’t make something from nothing.  All we can do is make things from other things, and far from being original, anything we make is only a combination of ideas that have already been presented to us.  Think about that.


God is not limited like we are.  He could snuff us out in an instant if he chose to, but He doesn’t because He is love.  He has given us free will even though He knew how horribly we would misuse it.  He wants us to love Him freely because otherwise it’s not really love.  The Bible is loaded with many good reasons for us to love God, many examples that show why we are in His debt, and, at the very least, we should be generous in returning His love.  


“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?  For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)


“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you,…” (Jeremiah 1:5)

   “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139 13)


“…the LORD God formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and so man became a living being.” (Genesis 1:7)


If we honestly seek Truth, through science, faith, and reason, we will eventually arrive at God; it cannot be otherwise.  And if we invest even a small amount of time honestly seeking to learn about God, we will eventually come to love Him.  That too, cannot be otherwise, because God is everything that is good, true, and beautiful.


We are creatures, and as most older Catholics learned in their Baltimore Catechism, God created us to know Him, love Him, and serve Him in this life, so we can be happy with Him forever in the next.


Sounds like a bargain to me!