October 12, 2008

Pick Your Battles: Sure, But Which One?

Gentle Reader: How many people have you encountered who are so tired, fed-up, disillusioned, disgusted by our current state of life in the United States that they've decided to just "sit it out"

What's "it"?

"It" can be defined, vaguely, as "life" or getting involved in something besides the day to day necessities of YOUR life.

Some people these days appear to be so paralyzed with inertia and unable to act, or react to anything that does not personally impact their survival, that they've tuned out. They don't watch the news, they don't read the paper, when a subject that may demand a reaction comes up at work they change the subject.

If there were a pile of sand nearby, they'd have their heads in it. In lieu of a handy pile of sand they decide not to look any further than the nose on their own face.

I know this level of disinterest has always been with us but why does it seem so bad now?

Because the stakes are high. I'm not sure they've ever been this high.

I'm convinced that unless more people wake up soon we are going to be in serious trouble: as Catholics, as Christians, as a society of followers of Jesus Christ.

People will pick their battles. True. It's too overwhelming not too. However, too many of us are sitting out the battle raging on right now.

I'm talking about The Battle for the survival of the Teachings of Christ.

For too long now, too many who profess to be Christians only reaction is yawning when faced with the reality of what is happening to our brothers and sisters in Orissa, the Holy Land, Iraq, Buenos Aires, or China. Persecution. Violence. Death. Purging.

Then, there are the people who are active and involved and engaged but they are not always on the right side.

Ask these involved people what they think about the Dalai Lama being denied the right to return to his homeland or how Muslims are treated in France and they will go to the wall for them: or, at least, the United Nations. Send Richard Gere!!

Am I saying that how the Dalai Lama or Muslims may be wrongfully treated is a good thing? No. I'm asking: where's the outrage about our own people? Where's the fury that we are discouraged from talking about our Faith in public? Why are we afraid or ashamed to fight for our own Faith? Why is evangelization a bad word? Why is it ok that Christianity is declining or even outlawed in vast tracts of the world? Why is it unacceptable to even raise the death of Christianity as a matter of concern?

Is the only thing that came out of the ecumenical movement a public denial of our own beliefs? Go to the firing squad for the Quaker's right to practice peaceful speech, but shut up about prayer in a public venue! Include a Jewish Hannukkah song in the "Holiday" play but forget about the Roman Catholic one! Put Santa in the creche but not the Holy Family!

Oh, I'm so overwhelmed what can I do?!?

It's so simple. Well, not really, but what you need to do is already laid out for you!

Read the Scriptures, the Catechism, the official documents of the Magisterium! Don't just READ IT! LIVE it, VOTE it, ACT on it!!!!

Embrace the whole package! Don't just read paragraph 1783 of the Catechism and say: "cool, works for me" without reading the rest of the book. Don't just vote for the common good without understanding what that really means. Is it helpful to the common good if people can marry who are unable to continue the species without unnatural and sinful help? Is it helpful to the common good if your Grandma can be euthanized because she's a burden on society if she lives? Is it helpful to the common good if babies can be murdered in the womb?

Are we not beginning to realize that we have killed off the future of entire societies in the name of liberation (sexual, war or otherwise)? Ask the Japanese, the Italians, the French how confident they feel about the survival of their cultures these days.

Isn't common good sometimes not common at all, but selfish? It doesn't always have anything to do with community benefit but mine.

Many are hard-hearted. The minute I said: "It's all laid out for you". They shut down and mumbled "That's so old-school Catholicism" "We don't need to act like children anymore and let the Church tell us what to think"

It isn't. No one is holding a gun to your head. If you do not want listen to what the Church teaches, how much are you listening to Jesus? Are you muttering against Him too? I like this teaching of His, but this one is too hard, or too much, or too unbelievable, so I'll believe this but not that.

That is not belief. That is scepticism.

One day someone may really hold a gun to your head and say: "Believe this or die" No one may be holding a gun to your head now but, if you fail to live with your whole being what you profess to believe with your lips, you will surely die.


Blogger Terry Nelson said...

I'm currently fighting socialist gay people.

October 12, 2008 4:42 PM  
Blogger Tom in Vegas said...

I think the term you are looking for is apathy, or complacency. Both are very destructive to a society.

I refuse to believe that we are living in the days of Oprah or Obama or Paris Hilton. I will not allot that amount of influence to two-dimensional caricatures who are as ephemeral as a one-hit-wonder on the music charts. No matter how long they’ve been around, one day they will be gone completely and permanently. But I do think we need to change our attitude. Not caring or looking the other way when it come to issues that are destroying the fabric of our society will cost us dearly as we move forward.

BTW, do I need to remind you what has been said repeatedly by many others? Anti-Catholicism is the last acceptable prejudice that’s not only tolerated, but encouraged.

October 12, 2008 4:51 PM  
Blogger swissmiss said...

Your comment about holding a gun to the head is what I used to talk to my dad about. I told him I didn't know if my faith was strong enough to give the right answer. My father said he though I would and God would provide the grace necessary at the time to make that choice. I think the same may be true at this moment, people have been provided the grace and have turned their back on it.

October 12, 2008 6:20 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Ter:I know

Tom: Apathy and complacency-yes you are right!

swissy: I agree people have turned their backs

October 12, 2008 7:32 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

If people don't pull their heads out of their collective rear patoots they will see things they never even imagined. Squirmy little bastards worry about the cost of gas while their SUV's idle in the Starbucks take out lane.

Their children are fed a steady diet of socialist feel good crap in state schools and they sue when little Johnny can't go there in a dress.

I'm generally fairly laid back - it helps keep me sober - but gall darm my dander is up and I am fighting back.

I was born just after the end World War II and I grew up listening to stories that were fresh in the minds and hearts of the people of this country. We did not fight for a bunch of made up "rights" and the suppression of truth.

October 13, 2008 1:13 AM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Uh-oh, now I got Adrienne all fired up! Sounds like you need to hit the skins!

October 13, 2008 6:10 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

I am a news hound, and I was getting myself really worked up about the prospects for the election. We all need to remember that God is in control. I am still supporting NcCain because he is pro-life, and he's not Obama.
The rest is up to God :)

October 14, 2008 8:30 PM  
Blogger Adrienne said...

You're so right christine -- sometimes I just get fed up with the stupidity of people...

October 15, 2008 10:57 AM  
Blogger ignorant redneck said...

Ummmm...I've been posting about things like this, and I have come up with a project, for the election:

Pray and fast for three days befor the election. For our country, and for our electorate.

I've posted politics, and culture, and faith. I ranted, and reasoned (well, as far as I reason...) but it's coming down to the wire. So much of what I see around me makes no sense, so I think the election is the temporal reflection of a spiritual battle.

So, three days of prayer and fasting before the election, and place ourselves where we already are--in Gods hands.

Right now, there are 35 people commited to doing this. Please consider it.

October 15, 2008 8:12 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Redneck: What a fantastic idea! That's a Holy Weekend right beforehand as well AND First Friday/First Saturday.

I'll give it serious thought. I'll post if I decide to do it for sure.

October 15, 2008 8:14 PM  
Blogger Kathleen Miller said...


What an excellent post! Let us all pray a rosary a day for McCain-Palin, as they are the candidates willing to stand up for the sanctity of LIFE!

God Bless!

October 16, 2008 8:41 AM  
Blogger ignorant redneck said...

I hope you join in this project! There are currently 38 people committed to doing this, and the more the better!

October 16, 2008 12:25 PM  

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