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The Great Christian Paradox

Posted: December 14, 2022 by datechguy in catholic, catholic devotions
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Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit upon his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats

H.L. Mencken via Ace of Spades’ Masthead

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you

Jesus Christ Matthew 5:44

Lately I have been writing & tweeting a lot about people I really dislike.

You have people doing evil things, people condoning or approving evil things and people doing their best to pretend that evil is in fact good and sin is in fact virtue.

These days there seems to be an awful lot of that about and having been born in America’s golden age and having parents who were of the World War Two generation and grandparents from the 1800’s who understood the realities of life and did their best to teach us, it’s the type of thing that make a person understand the saying at the head of Ace’s blog.

For a Christian this is a very bad thing and that’s when I strive to remember one of the great paradoxes and non-optional doctrines of the Catholic Church.

We have the sense and we are constantly taught that Jesus died for our sins, this is reinforced by the words of Abolition said by the priest at the end of confessions:

God the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of his Son has reconciled the world to himself and sent the Holy Spirit among us for the forgiveness of sins; through the ministry of the Church may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Note what the priest says here, “reconciled the world to himself “. Not just “you”, not just your friends and those you like, but “the world” and that includes every person that if you might put up against a wall if you had the power.

Sometimes the sense of one’s sin make it hard to think that God can have mercy on your, but I suspect it’s very easy for most people to think that their enemies are beyond God’s mercy and fit only for God’s justice.

This is the great danger, remember the words of the Our Father (the Lord’s Prayer) Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us and the warning Christ give us directly after this prayer:

If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.

Matt 6:14-15

Let’s be clear about this, as Christians we are not required to passively go along with what is being done, to pretend that it’s good and right and to ignore these sins and outrages, in fact one of the spiritual works of mercy is to admonish the sinner.

But we ARE required to love our enemies and pray for them, not that they may wreak the vengeance that Mencken suggests, for by your baptism you are no longer a “normal” man, but for their good and that they may find the mercy of God.

When you can look at the person you disgusts you the most and can realize that said person is so loved by God that he sent his only son to die to pay for that person’s sins then you’re doing Christianity right.

I’m not saying it’s easy, I find it very hard, particularly when dealing with someone who has wronged you directly, but it’s the heart and soul of Christianity, doing this is how you become Christlike.

Because the reality is that the quickest way to become the type of person who should to be put in front of a wall is to be the person who takes the people he thinks should be put in front of a wall and puts them there.

The Kindest Word I Can Use is “Coward”

Posted: December 14, 2022 by datechguy in Uncategorized
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When I see something like this:

I think about the parents who took their kids there and the kindest work I have for them is “Coward”.

At best they are afraid of being pilloried by the liberal left in their community for not celebrating this garbage for their kids and are willing to celebrate their future in order not to face such wrath.

And again, that’s the kindest think I can say.

And then I think of the signing ceremony for the Biden Administration’s gay marriage bill and who they’ve invited to attend:

And This:

Now again, remember this is what the Biden Administration wants to associate the passage of the bill to codify Gay Marriage in this nation. No longer are they playing the propaganda of happily married monogamous gay and lesbian couples, for them it’s all about drag queens and twerking to kids.

As I put it yesterday on twitter:

And the masks are coming off because they aren’t needed anymore, they have power and can force what they want and they know too many people are too afraid of any blowback to speak up.

Like I said the kindest word I have is “coward”.

Of course given that the sexualization of children was the norm in Pre-Christian days the idea that a post Christian society would celebrate such things as good and right should not be a surprise.

Pray for these people, they need it and when you do include a prayer for Mitt Romney who did all he could to block a referendum in Massachusetts when the court ruled 4-3 to foist this on the nation because the thought such a vote might hinder his presidential chances.