THE NOW WORD ON MASS READINGS
for Wednesday of the Third Week of Lent, March 11th, 2015
Liturgical texts here
LIKE watching a train wreck in slow-motion, so it is watching the death of logic in our times (and I’m not speaking of Spock).
In what is probably one of the most incisive portraits of our era, Pope Benedict XVI compared our generation to the collapse of the Roman Empire,  describing our current state in three words: an…
…eclipse of reason... —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Address to the Roman Curia, December 20th, 2010
In today’s first reading, Moses instructs the people that if they obey the “statutes and decrees” of the Lord…
…thus will you give evidence of your wisdom and intelligence to the nations.
When examining the objective facts and historical record, it is clear that Christianity has pacified many nations, ordered men’s affairs toward peace and justice, enlightened laws, and transformed art, music, architecture and literature. The “wisdom and intelligence” of God’s commandments have long guided the ethics of men and women in science, medicine, politics, and the penal system bringing about more civility and freedom.
But not so today, said Benedict, as the “moral consensus” that has guided mankind for thousands of years (also known as the “natural moral law”) has crumbled before our very eyes. The fruit of this “eclipse of reason” is the death of logic. 
How else can you explain away those nations that, while falling below needed birthrate replacement levels, continue to promote birth control and contracept themselves out of existence? 
How can you explain those governments that, while plunging into debt, are continuing to destroy current and future taxpayers through state endorsed euthanasia and abortion? 
How do you explain the 24 hour news coverage of school massacres and killing sprees, and editorialists crying out for gun control, while Hollywood continues to glamorize extreme violence and parents support a 10.5 billion dollar video game industry often with gratuitous violence? 
How do we comprehend a generation that is now in the midst of an ‘epidemic’ of sexually transmitted diseases  while insisting on teaching young school children about the “virtues” of oral and anal sex?  For that matter, how do you explain a generation that no longer seems to understand that a rectum is an exit, not an entrance, a waste depository not a repository? 
How do we explain that a nude man or woman walking through a children’s playground would be arrested while, down the street, men and women, mere feet away from the faces of children, stroll by provocatively and totally naked in a “pride” parade—often endorsed by police and politicians? 
How does one account for a generation that no longer understands the biologial and sociological implications of marriage between a man and woman as a fundamental building block of the future? 
How can you fathom Western governments denouncing the abuse of women in Middle Eastern countries while permitting the degradation and exploitation of women in their own countries through human trafficking and a billion dollar porn industry?
How can you square away feminists who cry for equal rights and opportunity for women, but then promote the destruction of unborn females in the womb (which is linked to breast cancer  and a slough of pyschological problems) all at the hands of mostly male abortionists?
How can you make headway of world leaders denouncing Islam for its attacks against freedom of speech and expression  while preventing businessmen  and doctors  from following their conscience?
How can you comprehend educators teaching against “Islamophobia” in schools while insisting that Christians remove their crosses and stop praying?
How can you explain government agencies seizing raw milk,  vegetables, and natural herbs  from local growers while letting cigarettes, toxic ingredients, high fructose syrup, and untested genetically modified foods get a free pass? 
How do you account for politicians, educators, and a media that demands tolerance for everyone—except those they don’t agree with?
You cannot explain it, except that it is an utter collapse of reason, the death knell of logic. As St. Paul wrote…
…they became vain in their reasoning, and their senseless minds were darkened. While claiming to be wise, they became fools. (Rom 1:21-22)
In the Gospel today, Jesus says that “not the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter will pass from the law, until all things have taken place.” That is, moral absolutes govern the universe, and no government, Supreme Court, or dictator can change that without putting the very future of the world at risk.
Only if there is such a consensus on the essentials can constitutions and law function. This fundamental consensus derived from the Christian heritage is at risk… In reality, this makes reason blind to what is essential. To resist this eclipse of reason and to preserve its capacity for seeing the essential, for seeing God and man, for seeing what is good and what is true, is the common interest that must unite all people of good will. The very future of the world is at stake. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Address to the Roman Curia, December 20th, 2010
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- cf. On the Eve
- cf. The Eclipse of Reason
- cf. www.demographicbomb.com; also The Great Culling and The Judas Prophecy
- cf. lifesitenews.com
- cf. www.esrb.org; see also The Great Vacuum
- for the U.S., see: www.medicalnewstoday.com; for Canada, see: lifecanada.org
- cf. news.nationalpost.com
- cf. medinstitute.org
- cf. lifesitenews.com
- cf. metro.co.uk
- cf. “Twelve out of Twelve Studies Abortion Linked to Breast Cancer” lifesitenews.com
- cf. bbc.com
- cf. dailysignal.com
- cf. lifesitenews.com
- cf. wholenewmom.com
- cf. huffingtonpost.com
- cf. aaemonline.org