Since faith is one, it must be professed in all its purity and integrity". Pope Francis/Pope Benedict

Monday, 5 March 2012

Preaching the Gospel or Trapping Lies and Falsehoods

I have decided to spend this Lent going through Fr. Robert Barron's Catholicism series. WNED has been airing it on Sunday nights. What strikes me most about the series is Fr. Barron's sheer excitement about what he is talking about. It is contagious and stimulating. He makes me want to delve deeper into my faith and some of what he talks about has found its way into conversations I have had. He is a man in love with the Lord and it shows.

Now contrast that with that other fellow... the one who goes on about lies and falsehoods being trapped and exposed. At the best of times I find him irritating and at the worst of times he can lead me into a sense of anger and outrage. None of these feelings is particularly edifying and they certainly do not make me want to follow just for the sheer joy of it.

I do not wish to minimize the situation we are in so let me summarize. The culture wars are over; we lost. We are facing a world which not only doesn't know who we are but becomes actively hostile if we say anything that threatens their own world view. Some of us are likely to face persecution and death if we persist. I think that about covers it. Now you get a fresh start.

"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age." Mat 28:18-20

Any questions?

Word On Fire


Young Canadian RC Male said...
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Young Canadian RC Male said...

Hello Freyr. I see you comment sometimes on Vox Cantoris.

I just wanted to say that it's good to see that another Traditional Catholic also shares a similar opinion to myself with regard to the Bieber-look alike. and I agree with you 200%

When I was starting to revert to my Catholic faith, I initially viewed a lot more right-wing (more extreme) Catholic blogging sites and material. What I used to do was every day view his videos on YouTube. It also led me to a sense of anger at rage, and particularly against any priest who is not "traditionally-minded", celebrates the NO without being such, and the non-EF friendly Bishops in our Chruch. This was a wrong attitude to have. Another certain blogger who lives in Ottawa heavily involved in pro-life activities and thinks the CCCB is to crudely put it in my words 'evil' also led me down that path.

I do still view his videos at times, say when there's an interesting title on it or he does a special series (e.g. he devoted a week to Men's issues in the Church and how it has been castrated and "feminized" at all levels), but I will never again do daily videos. If it can be viewed safely by some, it's like university kids and alcohol. It's great socially to have a couple of drinks with your guy buddies/girlfriends every so often, but if you make a habit of it it'll only lead to a warped mind, constant hangovers, and possible weight gain.

Summary note: While he does provide an outlet and is one of the few pointing out the elephant in the room, as a whole I agree with you what he does.

Freyr said...

As I have just finished saying to Barona, I want to point the finger at folks who are doing it right. Fr. Barron certainly qualifies so watch his series if you can. Glad to hear from you.

Vox Cantoris said...

John the Bapitist rocked the boat too. He was not terribly polite. He was on fire, filled with the Holy Ghost and not afraid to speak the truth.

Could it be that it is not one or the other but both are necessary.

Freyr said...

Actually Vox, my comments in the first half of that post were entirely subjective.