Perseverance in Faith

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I write today as a Catholic who has studied extensively history. One could call me a Catholic Historian, but let it be made clear that my Catholicism can never be separated from who I am and my words. We, the Charity of Christ, find ourselves on the other side of a Relativist Revolution, we are now subjugated to the rule of those who have separated God from the public sphere. Of course, this is not the first time this has occurred in our history–in Salvation History.

We, The Charity of Christ, for far too long have been sold the lie that we must conduct our faithfulness separate from our actions in the public sphere. The Communist attempted to perfect this ideology, but make no mistake, the so-called “Enlightenment” originated the idea in the world. An idea that is very much supported in our mainstream society with pop culture scientist like Neil DeGrasse Tyson who propose an idea like a nation called “Rationalia.” I tweeted back to Tyson that Ironically his sentiment is the same as the Soviets before they exterminated Polish Catholics.

 

 

A friend recently asked me how it was possible that I spent so many years around academia and still rejected relativism, ultimately I said it’s because my beliefs– no matter how far I may have strayed from time to time– are rooted in my Catholic faith. During my fasting from blogging the last two weeks one of the books that I’ve read is City of Saints: A Pilgrimage to John Paul II’s Kraków by George Weigel. I would have to say because of the book the horrors that had transpired on the Polish people have been very much on my mind, and how I can see in regards to our own society how the early days of our persecution is upon us. The Christian faithful subject to society’s affection for relativism is persecuted from practicing our faith. As Weigel writes, “Poland’s communist authorities would likely have been delighted to “respect” the religious freedom of Polish Catholics had Polish Catholicism been willing to redefine religious freedom as simply freedom to worship.” (P. 141)

The United States political ideology is rooted in a deist Enlightenment governing philosophy that has allowed those to interpret a Classical Liberal document as a social contract that seek to take away our Catholic faith inch by inch until it no longer exists. Our faith is not tied strictly “to worship,” it is one that incorporates education, healthcare, charity, social services, and press. (Weigel, 140) It is not a personal philosophy, personal philosophies are the dictates of relativism. Our faith is one of moral truth, which reside with the faithful no matter whether we are at home, schools, courtroom, or a political office.

Thomas Merton wrote in Seven Storey Mountain about the great contradiction of relativism, “If there are no self-evident first principles, as a foundation for reasoning to conclusions that are not immediately apparent, how can you construct any kind of philosophy.” (Thomas Merton, Seven Storey Mountain. 1998, 83) What Merton hints at here is what I have written about extensively that if Liberal post-modern ideology is correct and there is nothing or no one that has written natural law on the hearts of all of humanity then anyone’s metaphysical philosophy is foolish to follow. At this point, all of us would only exist in the state of nature. However, because post-modernism has been adopted as the truth by our secular society, the logical conclusion is that most folks have adopted hedonism as their relative truth. Merton also spoke of this in his autobiography, ” I believed in the beautiful myth about having a good time so long as it does not hurt anybody else. You cannot live for your own pleasure and your own convenience without inevitably hurting and injuring the feelings and interests of practically everybody you meet.” (Merton, 114-115)

We, the Charity of Christ, must remember that government is in competition for the hearts and minds of the faithful. Merton, having dabbled in Communism, reminds us that those who trust in government to provide for them do so because they have rooted their faith in men. A faith that is rooted in the same metaphysics of faith in God. He writes, ” It (Communism) was an easy and handy religion–too easy in fact. It told me that all evils in the world were the product of capitalism. Therefore, all that had to be done to get rid of the evils of the world was to get rid of capitalism.” (Merton, 148) Of course, this sentiment is the same rhetoric that is being produced by those who are support of this philosophy of life. It’s the same principles of those who support the bloated bureaucracy of the European Union, it is in contradiction to the Catholic teachings on Subsidiarity, even if they claim otherwise.

Our Society and our leaders have accepted this madness as truth;  therefore, we pretend to vote; they pretend to serve us. We pretend to vote to allows ourselves to sleep comfortably at night, and they pretend to serve to keep up the illusion. As I read about the great Polish Culture, I feel lost; viewing Americanism steeped in liberalism that contradicts Catholicism. We, the Faithful in America, have no culture that will preserve the faithful in the coming storm. I believe as Catholics, we must embrace as much of our Latin culture as possible, and hope it will be enough.

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8 thoughts on “Perseverance in Faith

  1. Philip – Steve Brown posted a link on my thread (job 4 part 1) which was basically irrelevant to the piece on Job, but did serve to show just how badly things went wrong when John Calvin tried his hand at politics.

    It’s fair to point out that many examples where the government has been a total disaster where it has been explicitly Catholic.

    In the Polish context, I find the PiS -artists (the current administration) to be positively dangerous; I don’t think that Kaczynski’s political views are very far from the dictionary definition of fascism. He isn’t the president or prime minister, but he still has substantial influence over them.

    In the Polish scene in recent years, the best politicians (in my opinion) seem to have been Catholics in the previous PO administration, for whom the faith was simply something there in the background, the moral compass which shaped their political thinking, When you have something explicitly ‘Catholic’ (or explicitly any other shade of Christianity) it all seems to go horribly wrong.

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    • I think I’ll need you to be more clear Jock. It appears you’re saying that those who govern because of their Catholic faith do well, but if government is created to legislate the faith, it crumbles.

      If this is the case, I wouldn’t disagree per say, and neither would Poland’s favorite son, Karol Wojtyla, who advocated for religious freedoms? However, we’re speaking about what moves history and the people who are actors on that stage. In this regard, myself and Wojtyla believe that culture is what moves people in history, which includes history. However, what I hinted at in this piece is that it appears that we’re now lacking in culture much like the new Soviet Man or Nowa Huta. However, unlike at Nowa Huta jt doesn’t appear the people here will demand an alternative.

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      • Philip – then I think we may be in agreement. If the government contains people of faith, then they have a good influence and it does well. But there is a track record of government trying to ‘legislate the faith’ as you put it where it all seems to go horribly wrong.

        It’s the Holy Spirit (rather than culture) which moves people. In some ages His presence is more apparent; in other ages, He is hiding his face. I think we’re going through a period where the latter is the case.

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        • I should clarify, I meant to type culture includes religion. However, I will say I do not believe that all religions are equal, just as I do not agree that all ideas are equal.

          I need to further clarify that some religious beliefs, I think should be legislated. For example, I believe that abortion should be illegal. If one examines a handful of biology textbooks, I believe many of them would have a better value on life than secular humanist. I also believe that there should be penalties that reflect infanticide laws that are common.

          I don’t know if you’ll agree or disagree, so perhaps you can give an example of religious legislation?

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          • I don’t regard abortion as ‘religious’ legislation; for me, this is a straightforward matter of murder. You could consider the commandment ‘thou shalt not kill’ as religious, but clearly it is something that is shared by all humanity, religious or not.

            Examples of religious legislation: the state decrees that there should be ‘religion’ classes in schools and that these should be taught by the Roman Catholic Church – and that part of the revenue raised in taxes is given to the Catholic Church a payment for this.

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            • I agree on your sentiments of abortion. However, many would argue against us.

              On Taxes, I’d rather have tax breaks rather than a Church tax. Protestant nations have also employed such methods. I think there must be something said for freely choosing to give.

              A truly secular state, in many ways, as exhibited in many nations and explained in this post also evolve into cult like operation. In this manner, true believers of the stage also hunt down religious objectors.

              So what do you propose is the best alternative?

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            • Philip – I don’t propose any alternatives. If you want an example of a truly dysfunctional society, look at Judah during the time of Ezekiel and Jeremiah – and that was a state where the institutions of government had been ordained by God.

              The only thing for it is to proclaim the Word and live by it – and pray that the Holy Spirit will move within society. In the American context (where you are), Christians should get involved in politics and in the Republican and Democrat parties.

              The American situation (also the British situation, Poland, name any functioning democracy) is immeasurably better than Judah in the time of Jeremiah and Ezekiel – and we shouldn’t lose sight of that.

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