12 September 2014

The Prodigal's Last Chance

So good as to lift in its entirety, from the blog Deo Volente ex Animo:

No doubt Father Barron would be miffed to find me using his movie review to make a point about the present malaise in which our world finds itself, but his is the most attractive argument I've come across to date to help me make my point. Anarchy, evil is raising its ugly head these days in almost apocalyptic fashion (I am purposely understating the case) and a world which has downplayed the centrality of the Gospel message to life and culture finds itself exposed, judged, marked by the Cross of Christ or the sign of the beast.

Most people paint the Ukrainian-Russian War of 2014, the menace of the ISIS Caliphate, and the ravages elsewhere in the world left by failed states and frozen conflicts in terms of conflicting world views struggling for a win, as if there were such choices outside the realm of the truth which comes to us from God in Jesus Christ and saves the world darkened by the fall of our first parents. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Apart from coming home to God in Christ, the prodigal has long since exhausted his options. The utopia/distopia dilemma is false; it is no more than false money, a two sided coin that flip it as you will, what comes up is always a flight from God's Face and from Christ's gentle yoke.

The fundamental existential question for every man and woman on the planet is one and has no variations: Why did God make me? God made me to know, love and serve Him in this life, so as to be happy with Him in the next and for all eternity.

In these trying times, Europe, once Christian, once Catholic Europe, is being called to remember, to remember the God-Man and to come home to itself. Neither North nor South America is excluded from helping Europe come home to itself. No corner of the globe should be deprived of the light of the Gospel and of coming to know its Savior.



St. Corbinian's Bear said...

The game has changed. This Bear suspects we may be entering territory mankind has only seen from a distance.

Scott Woltze said...

Yawn. Why so serious? I'm going to go read another article at Crux and rejoice in the new direction of the Church, and how we're finally being faithful to Christ's gospel after 1,932 years of phariseeism. Thank God top prelates around the world are helping Crux establish a large footprint in catholic media. I can already smell the next Pentecost coming!

Scott Woltze said...

Oops! I guess the days are so dark that sarcasm is taken for one's stated opinion. I was trying to parody the recent zeitgeist. My sense of humor may be poor, but it helps keep me sane.

thetimman said...

Scott, your sense of humor is just fine. I am very sorry I didn't get the irony at first, because on second reading it is obvious. I think I'm losing it.

Forgive me, I've been getting a lot of blowback in the comboxes lately. I do need to lighten up.

Scott Woltze said...

We're all losing it. In better days I wouldn't have missed the punch-line to my own joke, "I can already smell the next Pentecost coming--it smells like victory!"

You know, burning bodies and all that. On a positive note, as we get closer to 2017--oops, I mean, the Last Days--God will continue in his subtle way to make all hearts known. We're certainly seeing lately just how little support Benedict XVI had even among cardinals with his project to restore a deep catholic sense to the Church. I think God also has been unmasking those morally-compromised orthodox voices (Corapi, Euteneuer, Maciel,Williams SJ, Fr. Michael Keating) so that the faithful will have reliable shepherds as things further deteriorate.