many years have we been brainwashed by the media, manipulated
by various health programmes, informing us that the
increasing family of man is, has, or could grow beyond that
which our planet may be able to sustain?
How arrogant and how blind we are.
Do we not trust and believe that God will provide? ... for
all things, in all seasons, at all times.
How much energy, time, resources, capital is being spent
on preventing conception, or failing that, eliminating birth
because it does not fit into our scheme of things at the
moment, in this place, at this time ...how blind we are!
How lacking in trust! Deus providebit! God
provides, and all existence in His hands ... not ours.
God is the only one who may control population, were
He to will it ... not man.
Again we hear, see the tragic news of yet another agonizing
disaster, this time in Pakistan — in a few moments of time,
20,000 people have breathed their last upon this earth.
How deep will our pride and arrogance yet grow that in our
folly we think we can manage the universe, that human programmes,
political schemes, social engineering, can possibly turn
aside the will of God. Oh, yes, it can contend with it,
and we have all seen, experienced, the evil that follows
when man sets his mind against the will of God ... when
man, and not God, determines who is fit to live, and who
to die – and in what manner, in what measure. We saw it
60 years ago. We see it today.
And we have learned nothing.
The perpetual cycle of life and death is something none
of us can engineer or escape. We can abbreviate life. We
can even prolong it to a point, but we still cannot create
it, nor have we the right to destroy what is not of our
creation. Do not deceive yourselves that you create life!
You cooperate with God and He gives life — or you snuff
it out. You can only destroy, not create. But you can nourish
what He has created through you, through others – just as
you can allow it to wither and die.
We are ... so many of us ... liars and impostors, and if
we look at ourselves honestly, our philosophy is that of
the cult of selfishness, the self as the axis of the universe.
It has ever been the madness or folly of men to make themselves
gods. Caesars of Rome, or Chairwomen of Planned Parenthood
— the title, the venue, the corporate body changes, but
not the madness endemic to it, or the evil that ever follows
mans apotheosis of himself.
How manipulative we are in the lives of those around us,
in subtle and in less than subtle ways — promoting control
and disposal of life, whether on a natural or a spiritual
A Therapeutic Approach ...
Controlling population? How euphemistic! “Controlling it”
sounds so much better, is less stinging to the conscience,
than the reality of killing it. How clinical we
have become in our approach to death (at least the death
of others), how “therapeutic” our approach to the helpless
or those we deem hopeless, through abortion on the one hand
and "assisted" euthanasia on the other — that failing, we
always have recourse to drugs and bombs — whatever it takes
... to take life. As long as it is not our own.
With the increasing secularization of society, we have attempted
to make the City of Man by fleeing the City of God: and
we have found that it is a necropolis, a city of the dead
— those dead to their own conscience, to the laws
of nature and God etched in the very fabric of the universe,
to the cry of the unborn on the one hand and the dying on
the other. And in our innermost being, we ourselves have
become insensate, numb, dead long before we die.
Not satisfied with bringing putrefaction to nature, we allow
the cadaverine to leech into the charade of our spiritual
Contraceptive to the last, we ever seek to hinder another
from so much as finding life in God. With what rancor and
righteousness we stamp out religion in our midst!
And rightly so!
Necropolis of Man
Religion — the call to life — has no place in a culture
of culture of death, in the Necropolis of Man. This spiritual
contraception is by far the deadliest purulence from the
cadaver we hold up to the world to be the model of Man.
These times are a call to prayer, a call to generosity beyond
our means, a call to deeply examine our own hearts, to authentically,
even witheringly, examine our values and see how compatible
they really are with those of Christ ...whom we presume
Do not cast the blame upon God for the disasters that we
now are experiencing; they are largely attributable to the
folly and avarice of men, to the mindless exploitation and
abuse of our planet, and above all, to the obstinate refusal
to submit ourselves to the laws of God.
Let us pray for all those called beyond the veil of this
world, but it is far more important to pray for the living
... that we may read the signs of the time in God and not
outside Him, for there is much to be read, and much to be
repented of by the human heart.
Boston Catholic Journal
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