But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world: and certainly we can carry nothing out. But having food, and wherewith to be covered, with these we are content. For they that will become rich, fall into temptation, and into the snare of the devil, and into many unprofitable and hurtful desires, which drown men into destruction and perdition. For the desire of money is the root of all evils; which some coveting have erred from the faith, and have entangled themselves in many sorrows.
First Epistle of Saint Paul to Timothy 6: 6-10
I like to listen to Barbara McGuigan’s podcast from “The Good Fight” on Ewtn unfortunately I don’t get a chance to listen as much as I’d want. However, I was able to listen to a portion of it today. One of the reasons I like to listen to Mrs. McGuigan, aside from the fact that her show is always eye-opening and` educational, is that somehow she always inspires me to do….well only God knows… For instance today, I was only able to listen to 20+ minutes of an old show and from those short 20 mins, I felt called to read the above passage (I am not even sure if this had anything to do with her show) and then some floating thoughts seemed to have come together very nicely, which gave me that AHA feeling.
Lately, I have been struggling with some goings ons in which the Catholic Church is going to have to make some decisions and because the Catholic Church is within itself divided on many issues, it will be hard for there to be an extreme consensus within the Church.
I guess before I say anything else…You must know that I have never been into politics, I could care less what the world was doing–I never spoke up on any issues. My thought was–what did it matter if I don’t agree, I am just one person and I need to make my decision on my own….and whatever happens…happens. That said…
I have been trying to not be “politically correct” and yet still be neutral. I am afraid of offending the few visitors I have and yet something Barbara (pretty sure it was her) said “We are in for a fight and we no longer have time to think about doing something, it is time to DO Something. Our time is short and we have to make choices and stand up for them, no matter what the consequences.” So today, I begin the struggle (mostly within myself) to be a stronger more adamant about my beliefs be ready to stand firm and not wither away in the face of confrontation. I dislike confrontation, I am modest and mild.
One way for me to start is to stop being vague about some of the “thoughts” of this blog and just be up front, start taking responsibility for MY Opinions. I guess this is as good of place to start as any….what are the goings-ons that have me struggling… well it is the changes that are being forced onto the BSA. I am not going to get into it much right now but I am going to make a few comments that have “floated into my mind and were today’s AHA”.
The main thought was this…. Do you know that the devil is no longer afraid to come into the Church and that he comes in wearing many different costumes? Think about ants, ya ants. What do ants have to do with the devil, well follow me on a treacherous ride. Ok, so you had some ants in your lawn they started showing up about five years ago, each year you have successfully killed them off (or you thought) however each year they come back and each year you have to pour more Raid X on them and then this year they come, as usual, and you get out your Raid X and you use the whole bottle and they are still there. You go get another Raid X and use that too, but they are still there not going anywhere. They have decided they are overtaking your lawn no matter what. How do the ants “all of sudden” become tolerant of the chemicals? Each year their resistance of the chemical becomes stronger until they no longer are affected by the poison. I believe it is the same for the devil. I vaguely remember hearing that the devil could never go into the church, that he would die just because of the strong Spirit of Faith that lived there. However, it is no longer true. What do I base my opinion on? Scandals. Yes, our Priest have been infected with the devil, they too are weak, our Religious are human. How does the devil gain man’s soul? By lies, deception, temptations, and all the many wants of society…as in the above bible verse.
Priest, Religious, unfortunately can be bought. A true statement. Not all Priest or Religious but it only takes a few which are gifted in speech, or possess the availability to the correct forum in which they can finagle the outcome that the devil wants. One of the reasons that the devil can get the outcome he wants is…”All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing. E.Burke.” and many good many have been forced to do nothing. Forced by political correctness, over use of lawsuits, intimidated by fear of losing income/business/family. Not that I blame any of them, for I too have been the same. I just don’t feel that I have the same choices I once did. I feel that my choices must reflect that of my loves…God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit, and Our Blessed Mother.
My fear…that those who have been a part of BSA for many, many years and value everything the BSA stands for will allow themselves to be appeased by unrealistic promises. The reality is that the BSA and all it stood for is gone. The BSA will be there but it no longer will be what made it strong, faith, respect, and belief in all that the Catholic bible stands for, we start making exceptions to what is in the bible and we too will fall. For many this is only one more thing that has changed and that they need to accept. After all what else can they do, they are only a meager few…isn’t that what the Apostles were? 12 meager Apostles and one Blessed Mother…changed ….
Praise be the Lord