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She is indeed (and unapologetically) counter-cultural. Deacon Mike Talbot ( said it best in an article written in response to a piece that appeared in the Washington Post about Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s retirement: Our call to live counter-culturally is as old as the church itself.
(Genesis NAB) After this, however, He establishes a rule, “…except from the tree of knowledge of good and bad”. He knows that if freedom is not properly understood and applied in the correct manner, it will leads to corruption, chaos and destruction. Tower of Babel, Noah and the Ark, Kings of Israel, etc…) Thus, the need for rules!Distance was to put up an unnecessary wall with others.Duality was that double life where one wore masks and played the games.We find countless examples where God gives us freedom before He institutes rules.I will concentrate on three specific examples from Sacred Scripture that prove this point. At the beginning, God gives Adam and Eve dominion over all the earth; the plants, animals, all living things.How many times have you heard this statement before?
The Catholic Church is mentioned in conversation and all anyone can say is, “The Church is about rules! ” This comment is usually made by someone who feels they are perfectly capable of making decisions without the interference of religion.
(John 8:1-11 NAB) This crime was punishable by death (stoning). Her response is, “No one, sir”, to which Jesus exclaims, “Neither do I condemn you. “If you love me, you would let me live my life my way! Whenever I hear people talk about the lack of love in our world, I am quick to remind that love is indeed, everywhere, however it mostly exists in a misconstrued form.” When I was teaching moral theology, my students learned a definition for love, composed by Eric Fromm: “Love is the active concern for the life and growth of that which we love.” Active concern means you always care.
Jesus says the one without sin may throw the first stone, and as He begins to write on the ground, each man leaves the area. Life and growth entails all forms of life and growth of your beloved (intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual). Everything in our world needs to be regulated, especially our behavior (and for good reason). We need rules so our lives can correspond with God’s original plan for us.
Sunday night, as others are preparing to ring in the new year by getting plowed on mixed drinks, I will most likely be writing or editing an article.
Most of my friends live 700 miles and more away, while the rest will likely have dinner parties on New Year’s Day rather than drink on New […] It began with those 5Ds- distance, duality, disillusionment, denial, and despair.
Catholics are called, yes, to engage with the society around them, but not to adapt ourselves to the popular sentiments of our time. Many Catholic teenagers struggle today with this idea of going against the culture.