Friday, August 17, 2012
Feast of Saint Hyacinth of Poland
Good morning. There are days one just wakes up and wonders “where does it end?” I woke-up this morning and I just thought “I’ve had enough!” We have a crazed individual attempting to kill other people because they don’t drink the no holds barred Kool-aid of the radical left and the homosexual agenda. Increasingly, indifference, hatred, disbelief, and hedonism have become the mainstay cultural phenomenon. If the founding documents of this country were written today we would not recognize the face of this country.
Media, literature, art are all a reflection of the soul of a nation. We have people publicly urinating on a picture of Jesus and calling it comedy and people placing a crucifix in a jar of urine and calling it art. We have people cheerleading the drowning, beating, suffocating and freezing of prisoners. Our young are staying away from church by the droves. We have people engaging in terroristic acts should anyone offer opinions which differ from their own; imagine ransacking churches. We have shocking bids for attention with public displays of deviancy in gay pride parades. Some folks on the right want to eliminate safety nets for the poor and folks on the left can't get enough of programs that entice and encourage dependency. We have a man in the Whitehouse who supports infanticide. We have pro-abortion organizations such as NARAL awarding accolades for the quantity of abortions performed in any given state in this union.
People now read the Catechism selectively, choosing to accept and live-out what they agree with and they discard the rest. Catholic legislators publicly proclaim their own version of Church teaching. People seem to have no difficulty throwing their faith to the curb for the sake of being politically correct. Advocates for “same-sex marriage” declare marriage to be a fundamental human right. That is correct, marriage is a fundamental right but let’s get it right about what marriage is. Marriage from the beginning of time, by its very definition is a union limited to one man and one woman, not two men, or a man and a monkey, but one man and one woman. The passage of legislation making homosexual unions legal clearly ridicules God and is a reflection of the current-day religion within this country, a religion of the Self, a religion based on personal success and the achievement of one's own goals and self-aggrandizement and gratification. Those who suggest that they have God's blessing in living an alternative lifestyle are kidding themselves. We need to return to looking to the lives of the saints such as Saint Hyacinth whose life we honor today.
From the beginning and even now we do not need to be told what marriage is. Jesus reminds us quite clearly in today’s Gospel: “Have you not read that from the beginning the Creator made them male and female and said, for this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?” What is it that people are unclear about here? As popular culture erodes away at the family and religion we witness an ever increasing growth in ethical and cultural relativism and with it a reluctance to speak the truth as proclaimed in today’s Gospel out of fear of being labeled an extremist, or homophobe, or unenlightened.
A few weeks ago we witnessed the bullying efforts of radical liberalism for the high crime of publicly expressing one’s belief in marriage as God intended it to be. There are days where I have to wonder if our country is not headed toward a morally bottomless abyss. But the words from Isaiah in today’s responsorial offer assurance “God indeed is my savior; I am confident and unafraid. My strength and my courage is the Lord, and he has been my savior.” These words awaken in me my hope and faith in a better life and I am again reminded how the story ends. Make a great day!
Today we recall the Good life, gifts, and work of Saint Hyacinth of Poland.
Posted by Donald Gatwood at 9:31 AM