Happy Easter to everyone.
I found this on Drudge and it’s from the Daily Mail. The Pope seems to present the issues quite well and I am in full agreement with him. We’re losing the sacred and the holy to an increasingly hostile secularism that fundamentally reinforces values that are toxic to human beings. We’ve mistaken liberty for license and we’ve all but surrounded to the want monster of mindless materialism. There’s a lot more to life than greed and special interest group power plays and if we cant regain our moorings for ourselves than we must for the sake of our kids. Our material success has not translated into spiritual or ethical success and we’re treating one another worse than ever before in many ways.
There is a part of the human being that even now in the age of heart transplants and cloning that cries out for the basics of how a decent human society shall regulate itself. In the past religion has fulfilled that role but now every proposed standard of normative human behavior, to say nothing of idyllic human behavior is roundly criticized as an “imposition of values”. To have values and ethics as a human being is as nessisary as having air to breath and values are not an imposition but a personal choice. Our choices are what our lives are all about. No one can be free for whom everything goes and nothing is either sacred or forbidden because investing narcissism and cowardice with virtue is the worst form of slavery. To be valueless, as a human being, is not to be free—– it’s to be a monster. (Or evil if you will) Religion is being degraded, belittled and ripped from our society by zealous secularists who are convinced that all religion is just another means of oppression.
At its base a society is a group of individuals with a common cultural and moral base around which the society is organized. A society that has as its organizing principle hedonism and political correctness is trying to organize itself around non principles. You can value valueless ness but its no way to run a human society because it’s destined to self destruct and anarchy will be the only result.
I believe that abortion is wrong and against the laws of God. I think that marriage is the only viable family unit and I define it as between one man and one woman. I think Homosexuality, Cheating on your Taxes, Lying, and being envious of other peoples stuff is a sin. That’s my understanding of Christianity and it’s the organizing principle of my life as it was the organizing principle of the society I was born into. (Before Obama corrected everything and gave us utopia) In the world in which I grew up it was ok to have those beliefs and no one looked down on you or derided you as a bigoted, racist, sexist, homophobic far right religious nut. That’s increasingly no longer the case and it seems to me that the farther we stray from the basic Judaic Christian heritage of the USA the worse, the more hopeless and disenfranchised from the best of ourselves we become.
That’s just my opinion. I believe in right and wrong; and the message of Jesus. That makes me increasingly a nut, if not dangerous in today’s world of “tolerance and inclusion”. In my faith some things aren’t ok. Period. In the article below the Pope puts it better than I can and on this Easter Sunday of 2009 I’m happy to be in Benedict’s corner when he calls for a rediscovery of the sacred within ourselves and others.
We have drifted into a desert of godlessness (and a happy Easter to all): Pope gives Good Friday address
By Simon Caldwell
Last updated at 3:22 PM on 10th April 2009
Pope Benedict XVI will tonight attack the rise of aggressive secularism in western societies, warning them that they risked drifting into a ‘desert of godlessness’.
The Bavarian-born Pontiff will use his Good Friday meditations to compare deliberate attempts to purge religion from public life to the mockery of Jesus Christ by the mob as he was led out to be crucified.
He will say said that ‘religious sentiments’ were increasingly ranked among the ‘unwelcome leftovers of antiquity’ and held up to scorn and ridicule.
‘We are shocked to see to what levels of brutality human beings can sink,’ he will tell the congregation as he meditates on the stations of the cross at an evening ceremony at the Coliseum, Rome.
‘Jesus is humiliated in new ways even today – when things that are most holy and profound in the faith are being trivialised, the sense of the sacred is allowed to erode,’ he will say.
‘Everything in public life risks being desacralised – persons, places, pledges, prayers, practices, words, sacred writings, religious formulae, symbols, ceremonies. Our life together is being increasingly secularised.
‘Religious life grows diffident. Thus we see the most momentous matters placed among trifles, and trivialities glorified.
‘Values and norms that held societies together and drew people to higher ideals are laughed at and thrown overboard. Jesus continues to be ridiculed.’
The Pope, who turns 82 later this month, will pray that Christians would respond to the problem by growing in faith.
‘May we never question or mock serious things in life like a cynic,’ he will say.
‘Allow us not to drift into the desert of godlessness. Enable us to perceive you in the gentle breeze, see you in street corners, love you in the unborn child.’
On the station that marks the passage in the Gospel where Jesus met the women of Jerusalemon the way to be crucified, the Pope will also condemn the oppression of women, saying there were ‘many societies in the world where women fail to receive a fair deal’.
‘Christ must be weeping for them,’ the Pope will claim.
He will add: ‘There are societies too that are thoughtless about their future. Christ must be weeping for their children.
‘Wherever there is unconcern for the future, through the overuse of resources, the degradation of the environment, the oppression of women, the neglect of family values, the ignoring of ethical norms, the abandonment of religious traditions, Jesus must be telling people: “Do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves”.’
The Stations of the Cross are traditionally performed by the Pope at the amphitheatre where thousands of early Christians died as martyrs during persecutions ordered by the Roman emperors.
During the ceremony, the Pope will stop at each of the 14 stations – which represent the sequence of events between Jesus’s ‘agony’ in the Gardenof Gethsemane to his crucifixion and burial – where he will read out a meditation.
The Good Friday meditations generally reflect on the evil in the world on the day that the Church commemorates the suffering and death of Christ.
On Easter Sunday, the Pope’s Urbi et Orbi (to the City and to the World) message is of a completely different tone, reflecting his hope and joy in the risen and triumphant saviour.
The Good Friday meditations for this year were written for Pope Benedict by Thomas Menamparampil, the Archbishop of Guwahati, India.
Many reflect on the problems faced by the Church in the Middle East and Asia, where persecution in Iraq, for instance, has forced half of the Christian population to flee the country, and in India where anti-Christian riots in the state of Orissa last autumn led to thousands of families seeking sanctuary in refugee camps.
The comments on secularism refer pointedly, however, to the rise of an intolerant form of secularism in the West, which seeks to purge traditionally Christian societies of their religious character.
In Britain this has led to legal battles between employers and Christians suspended or sacked for expressing their religious convictions or simply wearing religious jewellery such as crucifixes.
Publicly-funded church schools, adoption agencies and even hospital chaplains have come under attack while the Government has given taxpayers’ money to groups that promote atheism.