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Veritatis Splendor

"Keep your eyes fixed upon Jesus, who inspires and perfects our faith" --Hebrews 12:2

Pope Benedict XVI before our Lord

And only where God is seen does life truly begin. Only when we meet the living God in Christ do we know what life is. We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution.
Each of us is the result of a thought of God.
Each of us is willed,
each of us is loved,
each of us is necessary.
There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know Him and to speak to others of our friendship with Him.
~Pope Benedict XVI, Homily April 24th, 2005

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Who's really the enemy?

This is it, THIS is why I've become progressively more and more turned off to US politics. The Anchoress speaks for me, and for a lot of other people out there, I'm sure.

Now, don't get me wrong - I care about US politics, I care about who is president and who is in the Congress and who gets elected. But, year after year, it just seems that both sides (let's face it, there's really still only two sides) forget what's really at stake, what they are really fighting for. The venom that they spew at their fellow man, the hatred, and for what end? They don't even know anymore, all they're after is the short-term success of their attacks on each other, thinking that each attack brings them closer to the chance to be King (or Queen) of the Hill. Both sides. They try to hid their attacks under feigned unahppiness at having to resort to such tactics, but nowadays we all know better - we see the derision they have for one another, we see how much they hate their opponents, who happen to be American citizens just like the rest of us, and we wonder... perhaps subconsciously, if we really want a person like that "leading" us, speaking for us, when they seem to enjoy treating another person like dirt. Both sides.

Why do you think the young are "abandoning" their country, refusing to "care" about politics? I think that is because the young people today see that the people who want to run the country want to treat her, and her citizens, the same way that a workaholic or a socialite treats their family. They don't respect the family, they want to have it, to "own" it, in order to convince others (or themself) that they are "good", and then use it as an excuse to continue being selfish ("I work for the family..." "After all I do for this family, I have to go out SOMETIMES..."). Either way, what happens is that the family becomes the enemy to be stragetized against and worked around. Likewise, in the current American electoral process, it always seems that the candidates wind up treating the family, the American family, and their family members who happen to be disagreeing with them, as the enemy. And we young people don't like that - our family lives are hard enough these days without us seeking out, encouraging, these kinds of personal attacks by our would-be leaders. So... until a truly GOOD man steps forward and proves himself worthy of respect, by fighting cleanly, and treating those who don't agree with him with dignity, a good percentage of the roughly 110 million young adult Americans are just going to continue to tune out all the garbage. I pray that God sends us a good man!

There is only one Enemy, and when we forget that - there is no logical alternative but to see other people as our enemies. There is only One that is Good, and when we forget that - there is no logical alternative but to create ourselves as the benchmark for what is good, by which we judge others.


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