See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Sunday, October 03, 2010

The New Normal: Disorientation



Hitting the gong... secularism, consumerism, relativism, ism, ism, ism, ism, ism........
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The new normal is that there is no normal any longer...  Sounds like bar talk, huh?  But it is so true.  How can you be a Christian and buy into all of these errors?  Every day is a new controversy, as today's first reading from Habakkuk says, "destruction and violence are before me; strife and clamorous discord."
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Don't you think a sitcom, reality-show mentality was also at play in the voyeuristic, character assassination of Tyler Clementi?  On the other hand, haven't you noticed the increase of young people killing themselves - not just because they were harassed or bullied either - across the globe young actors and models and designers end potentially successful careers just as they begin to prosper.  Are not these 'special interest' suicides equally as tragic?  It seems to me suicide has become an acceptable final solution to life's problems for a new generation who have been raised to accept abortion as a way to end the "burden" of unwanted children.  As the children of the culture of death mature - government sponsored choice has become the solution, the alternative to reality.  (Government sponsored suicide isn't the norm - yet - but euthanasia is on it's way.) 
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Sexual disorientation.
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Believe me, I see suicide as a tragedy, and like everyone else, I consider the suicide of Tyler Clementi  as a horrible thing.  That said, it is almost a sure thing Clementi's suicide will lead to some sort of new legislation regarding 'domestic voyeurism', internet use, privacy issues, etc.  It will undoubtedly lead to more GLBT support groups in schools and on college campuses, as well as sex re-education programs.  We already know that in other states kids in the first grade are taught that gay marriage is no different from traditional marriage - Archbishop Nienstedt notes that fact in his communique regarding the Minnesota Bishops' Preserving Marriage DVD.
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How does a parent guide a child through all of this?  What if your kid presents as being attracted, or interested in the same sex?  What do you do when popular culture, government, schools, and science insist it is the new normal?  How has our culture become so disoriented?  A new generation has already been indoctrinated through media and education, and the process is accelerating in both private and public education.  If one opposes it, one is called a bigot.  What to do?
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The Christian Normal.
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I really don't know.  However, I take some consolation from today's second reading from the Letter of St. Paul to Timothy:  "God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control.  So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord...  Take as your norm the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.  Guard this rich trust with the help of the Holy Spirit that dwells within us."
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In these days when it seems the love of most has grown cold and faith seems weak, we must cling to the faith as taught by the Pope and the Bishops in communion with him - even though our faith be the size of a mustard seed...
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Pray for the Church and families - as well as the disoriented.  We maybe can't solve everyone's problems, but we can have faith and hope, as long as we do what we are obliged to do.
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Photo:  The Gong Show

8 comments:

  1. You've got this absolutely right.
    Yes, pray for families and all those who are so disoriented in this crazy world in which we live.
    Jesus, only Jesus!
    And His Holy Church.

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  2. One of my nieces is a lesbian--was "reprogrammed" during her studies in a well-known all-girls college back east--and I have been basically blacklisted from family events due to my "love the sinner-hate the sin" approach..so in my case the best thign to do to preserve peace is to just keep my mouth shut..

    Poor Tyler...I'm sure we don't know all of the story...it sounds like he did try to contact campus people through email...but if it was after hours and on weekends it's like me--I don't look at my work email on the weekends. And RAs can only do so much. Public humiliation is difficult to bear. And the people who did this to him were beyond mean. Jr high is one thing...but these are college students and adults...I guess they aren't taking hard enough classes to have the time to think up of this crap..whatever happened to the thought that "one hour in class, three hours of study".. and that's if you are comfortable with the subject material or don't have a project due..maybe that's just for engineering students.

    There is really a difficult happy medium between total acceptance and the "all fags MUST die" mentalities. God made every one of us in His image, and we should at least respect that..

    P.s. the readings today concerning the grumpy slave hit me home...as a slave for Christ there are many things that I do not like to do...I need to be more cheerful in serving the Ultimate Master, through Whom all Blessings flow..

    Sara

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  3. P.S. God Bless the young man today at Mass who in response to our visiting pastor's question "Who here has faith?" he stood up, raised his arm up high, and said "I DO!!" while the rest of us sat dumbly in our pews..

    God help the rest of us in our faith to be so bold.

    This Sunday was a serious whapping with a 2x4 to me by the Holy Spirit...

    Sara

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  4. Sara: Wow!
    And, I, as well, grieve for Tyler and his family...
    this poor lad, so very young, maybe very confused, maybe seeking some kind of love of affirmation (wrongly, yet we cannot judge interior motives here, although the objective matter might be mortal sin)...and his poor family.
    The absolute moral morons who put this into the "public" are guilty of his death, as far as I'm concerned...my opinion...
    We've got to get a grip on this whole "public/internet" aspect of making peoples' private lives/sins something of consumption for others.
    And, the argument that this wouldn't create any interest if it had been between a guy and a gal is just bogus...sin is sin...and it's absolutely disgusting that that even is part of this discussion.
    What kind of depths of degradation have we sunk to here?

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  5. And just as an aside: I was a music major some thirty years ago...men who are music majors are especially sensitive and vulnerable (not necessarily gay!!)...nevertheless...there CAN be all kinds of sexual confusion...Tyler needs to be given "some slack" here...we don't know his "history"...the poor thing was in desolation and absolute despair...the CCC says that this is a sign of in culpability...esp. with the horrid acts of the perps here...let's just pray for Tyler and pray for jus1tice...none of us know how we might act in a similar situation; there but for the grace of God go I...

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  6. A statement by one of the leaders of the Mormon Church during their General conference this weekend in Salt Lake City :

    http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=12675612

    The Mormon church has had the idea that you can be "cured" of homosexuality...they have various types of sessions that can be attended...

    You may need to cut and past the link into your browser.

    Sara

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  7. October 3-11 is a the international week of prayer and fasting... These things we can do...

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  8. Thanks Maria - we can do this.

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