A light to the Nations? The Problem in a Nutshell

The greatest sin in the world today may well be the senseless division of Christianity. One regrettable consequence of that partition seems to be that the fabric of Western culture is unraveling under the onslaught of radical individualism. This belief holds that self-determination, even regarding one’s own gender, ought to trump not only centuries of human tradition but the very laws of nature itself. And as the institution of family recedes ever deeper into its crisis of identity, society has becomes increasingly chaotic. A kind of intellectual anarchy now routinely assaults reason to substitute its own tenets for that great deposit of wisdom known as common sense. Meanwhile, in the West, Christianity seems to be in full retreat so that even an unobtrusive order of religious sisters, by following their consciences, is being threatened with ruinous fines Continue reading

The Splendor of God

God without man would still be God: but man without God is reduced to nothingness. Forgetfulness of this simple truism can lead an entire society or a lone individual to ruin, however. Without that acute awareness of God’s perpetual, abiding presence we are sure to become what C.S. Lewis so eloquently called, “men without faces.” In other words, we lose our true identities, because men and women quickly forget who they are when deprived of some positive reference to their Creator ~ a state of mind that can lead one to desperation and, even more, to desperate actions. For instance, the growing push for society to legitimize suicide is fast becoming one more symptom of modern man’s sense of desperation. But, of course, this is not a part of God’s plan for the human race. In fact, he intends quite the opposite. Continue reading