In a post about Barack Obama’s proposed third term (yes, you read that right), Father Z offers a concise and (I think) accurate explanation of how liberals corrupt the country.
They introduce something. It’s gets shouted down. But they have bumped the needle a half point in their direction. They introduce it again. It’s gets shouted down again. But they have again bumped the needle a half point in their direction. They introduce it again. It’s gets shouted down again. But they have again bumped the needle a half point in their direction. They introduce it again. It’s gets shouted down again. But they have again bumped the needle a half point in their direction…. until… one day it passes.
They’ve been doing this for decades. Unfortunately, they have a lot of help from Hollywood, whom many Americans pay (through movie tickets, movie rentals, and monthly cable bills) to make horrific things seem less, and less, and less horrific, over time, through desensitization.
There is no Jonah to come preach to America to convince her to turn to God, nor will there be one. We are in the “last days,” in a certain sense, and have been since Jesus came into the world. As it says in the Book of Hebrews:
In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers by the prophets; but in these last days he has spoken to us by a Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.
Catholics believe that Our Blessed Mother (who, as a member of creation, was created through Christ) has come to us at times to warn us to turn back to God, but there is no human prophet on earth, nor one to come, to warn us of any impending fire. We either accept Jesus Christ, or we do not, and if we accept Him, we thereby place our necks under the boot heel of the world, and become called to be set on fire spiritually in His Passion.
St. Paul gave this instruction to the Church at Corinth, which seems to apply to us today.
To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are ill-clad and buffeted and homeless, and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become, and are now, as the refuse of the world, the offscouring of all things.
These things are difficult, and I fail daily, but it is what we are called to do. Work diligently. Bless those who revile you. Endure when persecuted. Concilate when slandered. In this way, we will be what we are called to be. Otherwise, we become a part of the problem.
Lord, have mercy on us.