Godot has finally shown up - and he's selling vacuum cleaners and herbal products that help you "lose weight, gain weight or stay the same". He's also claiming to be a Devout Catholic. These are writings to bide the time until he leaves.
‘And that is why...the Blessed will say, "We have never lived anywhere except in Heaven”, and the Lost, "We were always in Hell." And both will speak truly. … There is but one good; that is God. Everything else is good when it looks to Him and bad when it turns from Him.’
“You think you can talk to dead people? You think you can talk to Mom, or she can talk to you? She’s dead. You know what happens when you’re dead? You’re dead. That’s what happens. You’re gone. If you don’t believe me, watch the Discovery Channel. They prove this stuff. I’m not an atheist, and I’m not an agnostic either, but I know that this life is all there is and when you’re dead, you’re dead.”
- Uncle David, the O’Brien Family Christmas Eve Dinner, 2012.
"Oh," said Syme with a beaming smile, "we are
all Catholics now."
For the Reformation, which began as a sincere effort to
correct abuses within the Church, ended up falling into the pattern described
above by Marlowe and Lewis – the lasting effects of which are shown by Uncle
David. For everything that we do is
either a movement toward God or away from Him, toward Reality or toward
And now we breathe the Protestant spirit in and out,
especially here in the United States, where Individualism and Rebellion are
prized character traits. And we find
ourselves, to our surprise, largely in hell.
Our Catholic churches are Protestant-looking; and even our
Devout Catholics are Protestant-acting.
I can’t tell you the number of tussles I’ve had with “Devout Catholics”
who may be pro-life and Rosary-loving, but who are very proud of their
disagreement with the Church on issues that they’ve figured out better than
Rome – say, the benefits of torture or lying or the pressing obligation to
ignore the poor. And of course the
not-so-devout Catholics, the liberals, are openly in Protest and proud of it,
whether on contraception, abortion, women’s ordination, or what have you.
For the Protestant Revolt unleashed a spirit of the age, a
500-year-old spirit of the age, that at its core is a turning away from God and
His heaven and an enthusiastic celebration of Man and his hell. It did not begin with that impulse, but it
picked up that impulse quite quickly – with the raping of the monasteries, the
suppression of the Faith, and the murder of loyal priests as the first fruits.
And bad as those first fruits were, the last ones are worse.
[... TO BE CONTINUED in the next issue of the StAR.]