Now that we’re in the middle of what Pope Francis called(probably aptly)WWIII it might be a good time to discuss the topic.
I get up each day and battle Ménière’s disease.Other times i do battle with liberalism(Twitter)-we’re attacked by a whole culture now. Sometimes i even battle with hubbs over finances,or lack of.Sometimes it’s like the 2 of us against the world.
Even had ‘wars’ within my own family.You know how this goes.I’m sure there are things you battle daily. We all battle against our tendency to sin but we[Catholics]have a remedy;Confession.
The other battles take no lives but they do beat us down don’t they? Sure my battles are small compared to yours. Doubt any of us would trade.
Then there are the military battles we see unfolding before our eyes.Again.
I want to be clear. I will NEVER insult the prophet Mohammed.Muslims regard him as being sent by Allah. I will NEVER insult the Quran as Muslims regard it as their holy book.
I do want to point out to many people who keep saying Islam means peace. Sorry to burst anyone’s bubble but Islam means submission.If you’re Catholic you submit. You submit WILLINGLY. You can be led in the faith,but never coerced by force. I also know that Muslims refer to the most merciful. I’m sorry-but i cannot see that mercy in their actions. I know that we[Catholics] pray often for God to be merciful to us(sinners)but we are taught to show that mercy to others.
Let’s take a step back in recent history.Everyone remember Pope Emeritus (then Pope Benedict the XVI)Benedict’s Regensburg lecture ?
It was in at the University of Regensburg in Germany(hence often referred to as the Regensburg speech). He once served there as a Prof of Theology. He quoted a third party in the lecture and all hell broke loose.They were NOT even HIS words but were attributed to him personally.
It was the comments of a 14th century emperor and Pope Benedict ended up making it CLEAR he did not hold those views. He explained that he was only quoting and apologized. The comment suggested that Islam was violent. Muslims in many countries were outraged and violence ensued. Pope Benedict of course retired and is now Pope Emeritus and Pope Francis is the current Pope.
So the question is; does Islam mean peace as some keep saying or does Islam mean submission as it is accurately translated? I’ve had the impression for some time that Islam is more political than religious in nature. There seem to be many voices-whose do you take the word of?
Would Muslims live peacefully with Western civilization and adopt a live and let live philosophy?
I suggest looking at the history of Islam and its foundation. There is the answer.
Now some people-Obama included-thought they would usher in a utopian world. In fact,to use a term coined by Mark Levin,to usher in Ameritopia. You know, where secular humanism cures all problems and we all get along terrifically.Not that it’s happened in the United States.Since the election of Obama we have become a very divided country. It’s a battle in the arena of ideas where people like Obama are not willing to tolerate any pov but their own. They’re tolerant as long as you agree.
Obama wasn’t Bush.Bush was all wrong. Unfortunately in the midst of the corruption of the Obama administration reality came calling.Just as he was trying to get his fundamental transformation of America rolled out the world unraveled.Obama the peacnik was confronted with the real world. Not everyone is a good guy and other people have their own agenda’s. Evil exists and sometimes it gets real ugly.
Just thank God we had people willing to stand up to evil in WWII. I have to have a blog entry in the near future re the rise of Hitler. It will prove that the axiom, those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it, is TRUE
So,to have peace,aren’t we supposed to turn the other cheek? Yep.
So,to have peace, isn’t self defense necessary? Definitely.
We don’t let people waltz into our homes,kill our families, rob our goods.We don’t let people waltz into our neighbor’s home,kill their family,rob their goods. I have never read a single verse of scripture that permits such a thing.In fact it is the one duty of our POTUS that he must try to fulfill;protecting the homeland and our citizens. If he does nothing else,that he is OBLIGATED to do.
Problem; to convince anyone Obama has to speak with moral clarity. A little hard to do when your administration is corrupt.you’ve lied to the American people(not that enough people get it)and the culture has become so clearly decadent. You have to wonder,what morals?
Mother Therese had the courage and wisdom to see what was going on here and what we (U.S.) were spreading to many other countries:
Abortion has become the greatest destroyer of peace today because it destroys the life of the child, but it destroys the conscience of the mother of course, and for years and years she knows that she has murdered her own child….Abortion is not solving the difficulty of population. Abortion is creating evil because if mother can kill her own child, what’s left for other people to kill each other? Killing life, killing the image of God, can never be… it’s an evil. That’s why abortion has become the greatest destroyer of peace today.
Mother Therese had it right. Yes,we can justify military action to protect the innocent and vulnerable. The ‘peacniks’ i’ve seen are not willing to admit evil exists. They think they can pretend it away.No,we can’t justify the murder of the unborn.She asked,what can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.
You can be sure the liberals will couch the 2016 election in terms like the war on women. They use the word war where none exists-they don’t know a real war when they see it and they don’t understand the need for military action under certain circumstances. They want gun control-they don’t grasp that bad people get guns all day long illegally and that good people will obey the laws even if it means not being able to protect themselves or their families. Who will be left to protect them? The first right of ANY human being is life and as a country we MUST protect that right .I call that being pro life,pro women and pro military.These days were in grave danger by not seeing other ideologies for what they are.Obama is afraid to call it what it is.
I know when i signed up for Facebook i had to agree to the TOS. I know many conservatives have run into trouble there. Ive been in the Twitter gulag a number of times( haven’t we all).My question is,given the TOS of Facebook,how did the OK murderer not get banned for his threats? How many more pages are like that at Facebook? This is the best they can do? It’s why i’ve spent less and less-next to none-time at Facebook and have turned into a’tweety’ bird.
Good article and a great way to start being a regular visitor to Fr Z’s Blog.
Let go and let God is a simple catchy phrase but utterly profound, deep and true.
It has taken decades to relax my grasp on control, to let go, but as I do, the joy I experience is a delightful surprise.
The stumbling block to surrender was not as much pride for me as fear
Prayers for the victims and the people of Moore,Ok
Now for a look at the problem:
When he said he was pro life we didn’t buy it. He weaseled his way around it when he answered the question re when life began.Said it was ‘above his pay grade.’ He knew darned well he supported abortion. He also said he supported traditional marriage.He said that to get elected.
He was radical enough that we KNEW he didn’t mean a word of it.
Obama’s attacked the Catholic Church.Tried to force people to go against their conscience.Used the military to promote the gay agenda.
So all the sins that the murderer listed were true. Our country IS decadent and the Obama administration is corrupt.
Here’s the part that makes no sense whatsoever.Since our faith-as well as MOST(not all)Christian denominations also believe these are sins and do not support the policy of the Obama administration. Yet, jihadists kill and persecute Christians.
We also believe thou shalt not murder.They murder.They’ve also robbed banks and raped women.
It’s facism, It’s about being able to control.
Many of its members are sociopaths.
However, if the West had not become so decadent we might have a leg to stand on. We would be able to challenge those who feel disenfranchised and offer a truly better life.
I recall when Pope John Paul-now Saint John Paul II-was planning to begin WYD(World Youth Day) He was advised against it because the media would make him look foolish when no one showed up. There were millions for these events. You see,if you challenge the young with their idealism and energy and give them a calling to something larger than themselves they will take it up.
I can also recall,as I’m sure many of you can,when this was a totally different country. When we thought highly of mom and dad,respected authority, went to school to learn and didn’t have metal detectors. You wouldn’t have found porn anywhere except in the shadows. Leave It To Beaver and Father Knows Best reflected our culture.As did the Cosby Show and Little House on the Prairie.Now they’re gone. You went to church on Sundays.You didn’t have to look over your shoulder to be sued by some atheist group or shut down by your own government.
We watched tons of westerns and played cowboys and Indians. We watched Yosemite Sam on Cartoon Saturday.We weren’t shooting people.
My brother took a rifle safety course and went hunting with my dad.Dad always had guns in the house.NOBODY ever gave it any thought.We were not going to shoot anyone.
We were taught there were good guys and bad guys. We grew up knowing evil existed and we didn’t have to see it to know it.
We knew Yosemite was a cartoon and westerns were shows about the old west where the good guy always won.
For one, we weren’t steeped in GRATUITOUS violence.
For another,thou shalt not kill(murder)was ingrained into our psyche. We were taught to respect others, period.
I didn’t think i’d live to see the day when a radical leftist who was mentored by Communists and had [these] dreams of Utopia would get elected.I was sure that went the way of the 60’s and they were long gone.
Our service men and women were demeaned when they came back from Viet Nam. The police were called pigs.The slogan was don’t trust anyone over 30(meaning parents).
Birth control was introduced and women were told that would make them free.(Margret Sanger was no proponent of freedom)
Not much experience is needed in order to know human weakness, and to understand that men — especially the young, who are so vulnerable on this point — have need of encouragement to be faithful to the moral law, so that they must not be offered some easy means of eluding its observance. It is also to be feared that the man, growing used to the employment of anti-conceptive practices, may finally lose respect for the woman and, no longer caring for her physical and psychological equilibrium, may come to the point of considering her as a mere instrument of selfish enjoyment, and no longer his respected and beloved companion.
Let it be considered also that a dangerous weapon would thus be placed in the hands of those public authorities who take no heed of moral exigencies. Who could blame a government for applying to the solution of the problems of the community those means acknowledged to be licit for married couples in the solution of a family problem? Who will stop rulers from favoring, from even imposing upon their peoples, if they were to consider it necessary, the method of contraception which they judge to be more efficacious? In such a way men, wishing to avoid individual, family, or social difficulties encountered in the observance of the divine law, would reach the point of placing at the mercy of the intervention of public authorities the most personal and most reserved sector of conjugal intimacy.
I posit then that these fascists MUST (appeasement never works) be defeated militarily but that alone won’t totally eradicate them-not a chance-unless the West is willing to recapture the traditions and values it was founded upon. It is our greatest weapon.
We have one other problem at the moment.When a government is corrupt it spends more time and energy protecting ITSELF and its own interests and has little [if any] time and energy left over to protect its citizens. Every decision becomes POLITICAL instead of a matter of doing what is right.
He has time for this:
Pray for our country. Needed!