Monday, August 8, 2016


"The first effect of not believing in God
is that you lose your common sense."

+G.K. Chesterton

Chesterton may not have known about social-media-generated movements, but he certainly understood that being Catholic means being in touch with reality.

When people live their lives as if God does not exist, they embrace a "practical" atheism. This denial that we live and move and have our being in the presence of God results in the erosion of common sense. Life itself quickly becomes confused and confusing.  Witness some of the mounting evidence of today's common senselessness:

* We condemn others for solving problems by resorting to murder, yet we condone our own summary executions via drone strikes.

* We proclaim ourselves to be the "land of the free," but the federal government tries to coerce the Little Sisters of the Poor to pay for contraceptives and abortion services against their well-formed consciences.

* We think that any combination or constellation of adults has a right to have a child by any and all means, but by no means do children have a right to both a father and a mother.

* When civil and cultural powers-that-be claim that kids don't need mothers and fathers, governmental agencies then act like they don't need mothers and fathers to raise these same kids.

* We embrace an atheistic anthropology which insists that the unchangeable reality of being born either male or female is malleable, and that the malleable feelings people have about their respective genders are unchangeable.

* We act like tolerance is the only moral absolute, but we condone bullying and intolerance of all kinds toward anyone who disagrees with the frantic redefinition of gender.

* We allow the ACLU to act like people have a constitutional right to use whatever bathrooms or locker rooms they feel like using, even as it ignores the fact that the free exercise of religion is the first of our nation's civil liberties.

Catholic common sense helps us see the world as it is, and ourselves as we are.  It helps us ask the right questions, such as this one from St. Paul,"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?" (1 Cor 7:19)