The Lady in the Pew on having the Hell scared out of one. Excellent, as usual.
Religion: February 2003 Archives
for a Saturday morning (or anytime). I'm on call again, and we are expecting a slush storm sometime this afternoon. Weird weather does tend to throw women into labor (or scares them out of it). I hope that one or two of the 5 overdue mommas will come in and give birth.
New Hampshire is considering a law that would eliminate religious immunity for sacramental confession in abuse cases. Listen to an hour of call in radio from this site "The Exchange - Reporting Child Abuse". Then pray. I recently heard from Two Sleepy Mommies that Maryland is also considering a law of this kind. Get ready for martyrdoms.
In my post below, I started a conversation about what I consider to be a pervasive modern heresy - the idea that we lack free will. I think it may be related to the heresy of Deism - the idea that God is not an active participant in His creation. Deism posits a 'clockwork universe'. God the great clockmaker built it and wound it up to start ticking, and is now elsewhere. In other words, there is a God but he doesn't really care about us as individuals or even as a people.
God desires that we all be at one with Him, but He loves us with a parental love. As a parent, it is so hard to watch adult or near adult children doing stupid things (or things that I judge to be stupid or harmful). How much harder it must be for God to see me, His child, do stupid or sinful things! Yet the gift of free will means that I am free to accept or reject the gift of God's love.
Another concept I have been pondering is that one choice leads to or cuts off another choice. When I chose to marry my husband, I cut off the choice to marry another and chose to devote my love to him. One door opens but another shuts. For my 8th grade graduation, we sang a choral setting of Robert Frost's poem "The Road Not Taken". I can still sing it, and I hear the music in my head when a choice beckons to me. "Knowing how way, leads on to way, I doubted if I would ever return".
I'm heading out in a few minutes to go to daily mass with a young friend and her baby. That, too is a choice. Because of my work schedule and the mass schedules, I have only one day a week when I can do this, and it is truly a gift to me to be able to go. I hope to add more to this set of ramblings later today, deus volante.
Karen Marie at From the Anchor Hold throws out this challenge to the Parish.
If you were the Pope (or a Patriarch of an Eastern Church, or a leader of the Lambeth Conference, etc, I don't want to eliminate my non-Catholic commentators!), and you could canonize/glorify/add a remembrance to the "Lesser Feasts"/whatever any heroically virtuous people you wanted, who would you raise up? A little info on why also appreciated.
Try to avoid anyone already a blessed or venerable!
My list is far from exhaustive, but I would include G.K. Chesterton, since his writing has brought so many to an appreciation of the truths of Christianity. Bishop Fulton Sheen for his tireless evangalization. Dorothy Day, who just kept on working and working. Elizabeth LeSeur, who converted her husband after her death. I will try to add others as they occur to me.
I had a random thought earlier today, that I might try to develop further as time goes on. This modern heresy is so pervasive that I think most people don't see it. The heresy is one that denies the existance of free will. For example, people can not choose to avoid illicit sexual activity, therefore we must have mechanisms in place to minimize the consequences. Fast foods are fattening, and we don't have the free will to say no, therefore we will sue the merchants and manufacturors who have not protected us from ourselves. What say you all to this concept?
Idea from Kathy the Carmelite
1. Mary Magdalene. A great sinner of whom much was forgiven, she was granted the privilege of seeing the risen Christ before the others.
2. Catherine of Siena. Feisty and obedient.
3. Mary of Bethany - she chose the better portion.
4. Catherine Laboure Humble, obedient, and the patron of the Miraculous Medal.
5. Blessed Gianna Beretta Molla. She was a physician who chose to continue a pregnancy at risk to her own health. Sadly, she died a few days after the delivery of her child. I would nominate her to be the patron of midwives and labor nurses.
OpinionJournal - Peggy Noonan
Once again, Peggy says it with insight and grace. It almost makes me consider subscribing to the Wall Street Journal.