The Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows
Roger Cohen wrote an Op-ed piece in the New York Times that describes quite well what the world is going through right now. Wars, rumors of war, the rumbles of far away conflicts that we could hear in our own backyards if only we were listening. But most of us really aren’t listening are we? Too many of us can’t seem to lift our eyes from our iPhones or Androids or Samsung Galaxies long enough to notice the ripples in the air. But things are changing; the world is changing and we want desperately to sleep and not to be bothered by such things.
But of course, since he is writing in the New York Times, Mr. Cohen does not go into the root cause of the decay that we are living through. Why does the sand shift under our feet so? Why does the earth itself quake under our feet? One could make an argument, a well founded argument, about the tides of history and history’s Lord and how these things happen. But doesn’t the answer really lie in a deeper and darker place in our heart? We have completely rejected the law of God, the law that God gave us in his wisdom and his charity to teach us how to be his sons. Our ancestors rejected the Church because they could no longer bear anyone having authority over them, they wanted to follow their own designs. The generations following them rejected Jesus Christ: declaring Him to be a good guy, a wise philosopher, or a clever teacher of morals who employed witty sayings to bring in the people. But to those generations, or at least to a large part of those generations in their inmost heart, He was not divine. No He could never be divine. Such things just didn’t happen, God was too distant for that and besides, these things just didn’t happen. In the twentieth century what was once the Catholic world rejected God entirely; flocking to the atheistic ideologies of communism, capitalism, and fascism that all promised to make this world a wonderful and prosperous place because, after all there is nothing beyond this, right? And in the twenty-first century we reject even the natural law: men marry men and women marry women because it makes everybody feel good and nobody is offended, nobody in this world at least. We see men in black masks sawing off the heads of young men in orange jumpsuits and call them barbarians, safely ensconced behind the walls of a civilizations where mothers murder their own children in their own wombs while the fathers act as accessories to the crime because of their own indifference and a desire to remain adolescents for the whole scope of their lives. Tell me who are the real barbarians? Yes the world is failing and we all need to repent. While this may not be the end of the world and the Son of Man may not be coming on the clouds anytime soon (though who can say?) we are definitely at the end of something. We need to repent and we need to be converted and we need to pray.
Pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary on Monday for the See of Constantinople, the Sorrowful Mysteries on Tuesday for the See of Antioch, the Glorious Mysteries on Wednesday for the See of Jerusalem, the Luminous Mysteries on Thursday for the See of Alexandria, and the Sorrowful Mysteries on Friday for the See of Carthage; for their liberty and their salvation and the restoration of their ancient position as pillars of the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church in communion with the See of Peter in Rome; for the conversion of the Jewish people and the conversion of the Muslim peoples. And join the Rosary Confraternity!