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Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil

“The times, they are a changin!” These lyrics popped into my head, as I sat down to write this “Corner” article. I wanted to capture the thoughts that have been running through my head all week long; thoughts regarding the myriad challenges confronting us here in our country, in particular, and the world…in general. This morning’s (Thursday’s) reading from the Old Testament Book of Ecclesiastes, seemed quite timely. It began with the familiar refrain: …Vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!” And then it concludes with the counsel:Nothing is new under the sun. Even the thing of which we say, ‘See, this is new!’ has already existed in the ages that preceded us.” So it seems that the primary learning intended for us in this writing, is, that “Men remember nothing very long; God, however, never forgets.” Another ‘platitudinous‘ quote, that bring a focus to the many moral upheavals of our day, is Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it…often attributed to Winston Churchill.

The Bible gives us quite vivid accounts of civilizations, from thousands of years ago, who despite the constant urging and warnings from God’s personally empowered prophets ignored their counsel and suffered God’s retribution. Some countries, like Nineveh, heard the prophet’s counsel to change, and did repent and ceased their sinful ways. The intended chastisements were averted. The twin cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, however, refused to listen to the prophet, did not repent, and did not seek forgiveness. They chose instead, to ignore the prophetic moral guidelines they had been given, continued their sinful ways, and thereby suffered the greatest of chastisements…. fire and brimstone completely destroyed their cities.

So that 1964 Bob Dylan song, which I barely recalled except for the title line, The times they are a-changin…concludes with these lyrics:The line it is drawn; the curse it is cast; the slow one now, will later be fast.  As the present now, will later be past; the order is rapidly fadin;  and the first one now, will later be last…for the times they are a changin!”

The bottom line is that we all need to become caring and concerned enough to speak-out against the legislated immorality that is engulfing our culture. The wordsmiths and God-less power brokers who are in government and the mainstream secular media, have been doing the work of Satan, who Scripture warns us … the devil “has sinned from the beginning”; he is “a liar and the father of lies”. A presidential Candidate is literally taking “Evil” (abortion) and marketing and trumpeting it as “Good” as a great gift for American woman, which should be celebrated and cherished.  We are warned of this in Isaiah 5:20, where it states: “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil, who change darkness into light and light into darkness…”.

Satan is labeled in Scripture as the “father of lies” and the “great deceiver”, and you will know his followers by their imitation of him. Do not excuse their incessant lying. Hold all immoral behavior accountable, even where they have succeeded in passing laws that have temporarily legalized and labeled several evils as “good.”  Evils such as the killing of innocent preborn babies, presented as a cherished civil right. Evils such as insisting that being a sodomite be hailed as an honorable lifestyle. This perversion has now begun to be taught, as such, to grade schoolers in public school systems nationwide. The legalization of same-sex, so-called, “marriage”, is nothing more than hailing the mortally sinful sin of sodomy as a “good”, and they have cloaked this vulgar activity, (so far unsuccessfully) right here in our own city of Jacksonville, under the harmless-sounding phrase, “sexual expression”. It is not too late to re-claim and preserve our “Christian Nation” heritage, no matter what lies have been uttered from on high in government in attempts to drive God out of the picture, and destroy the concept of Christian, God-praising families.

I realize that the propaganda that has flooded our country to make these intrinsically evil activities to be accepted as good…has had great impact. Pro-life people have been compromised, as a Pew Research survey, taken after the last election determined, that some 60 plus %, of practicing (church going) Catholics, voted for pro-abortion candidates. We are losing our direction, and buying in to the lies. Trans-gender-ism is the latest example of the LGBT power brokers, taking aberrant sexual desires and/or confusion in children, and declaring it as normal… and making it, against-the- law for a parent to take a child exhibiting “Gender Dysphoria” (the proper medical term) or confusion, for medical assessment and counseling. I encourage everyone to go to the American College of Pediatrics website at acpspeds.org for information and commentary on various bogus protocols creeping in to treating this disorder in children and cutting through (what they refer to as) the sexual politics. Another excellent website is Faith and Family.org combined with dads.org, both of which are sites for Catholic researcher and speaker Steve Wood. He has several excellent reports at his website that reveal the heavy hand of Government already at work inserting the homosexual and transgender agenda in American grade schools.   The transgender bathroom ruling was just the beginning. Currently this report is headlined: “Normalizing Gender Dysphoria is dangerous and unethical”.

We all have to do our homework and read up on the unbiased medical findings that cut through the lies to which the secular media have lent credence. Refusing to challenge these false assertions (which is what our nation for the most part has done), has allowed the lies and the falsehoods to go unchallenged and become unverifiable facts that have influenced even practicing Catholics. A Pew Research study revealed that over 50% of Catholics have come to accept intimate same-sex relationships as normal, legal, moral…and therefore O.K.  Pope Francis, on the other hand, has for the past several months, been speaking out in several of his addresses, about the “Paganism (or Tyranny) of Indifferent-ism”. In short, he chides us for staying out of the fray; for not reading, learning, and speaking out against the lies and moral evils that have so severely afflicted our world. We need, he asserts, to get off the sidelines and stop avoiding our calls to action, and begin to promote and defend moral living and assisting our neighbors in need.

Yours in Christ,  fr denis