by Rev. James Molgano
In a sermon given in Massachusetts in April 1799, the Rev. Jedediah Morse spoke forebodingly of our present day: “To the kindly influence of Christianity we owe that degree of civil freedom, and political and social happiness which mankind now enjoys. In proportion as the genuine effects of Christianity are diminished in any nation, either through unbelief, or the corruption of its doctrines, or the neglect of its institutions; in the same proportion will the people of that nation recede from the blessings of genuine freedom, and approximate the miseries of complete despotism. All efforts to destroy the foundations of our holy religion ultimately tend to the subversion also of our political freedom and happiness.” Morse’s immortal words not only convey transcendent truth but also the reality of immanence that must be rekindled and acted upon with utmost urgency by each and every faithful and loyal citizen.
Our moral duty pertaining to freedom must entail at the same time a responsibility to an immutable law a priori inscribed in man’s soul, that is, essence precedes existence and thus experience. For the existentialist, the converse is true. Made in the Image and Likeness of God, man has attempted to cast “golden idols” for the sake of unbridled passions and pleasure, supplanting Creator with the created, thereby allowing for the seduction of the lower appetites and the corruption of moral conscience by false indoctrinations and ideologies of the world, such as those of the 18th century Illuminati whose tenets today are intellectually and socially constructed within the hallmarks of liberalism. The “drip…drip …drip” effect over the past 50 years has resulted in a relentless barrage of virtually uncontested warfare that has manifested a pandemic of suffering that is both personal and universal. Myriad souls are at great peril and totter on the brink of perdition. Apathy and fear have eroded the pillars of veracity and courage and the ensuing tumult has created a seemingly surreal landscape that epitomizes some of Hollywood’s best horror drama, eerily lending credence to the cliché “art imitates life.”
Very adeptly and surreptitiously, agents of the world have obstinately disseminated their tainted rhetoric that castigates practically all norms of traditional virtue from marriage and family life to the economy; the former being maligned and threatened by the “reconstruction of reality within [man] himself at the center, while centering himself on nothing but the works of his own hands …” (Crisis Magazine, July 23, 2014) owing to false constructs of tolerance and plurality, while the latter has oppressively moved from a true charity-based incentive to a legalized sense of entitlement. The nihilism and hubris that exists in large measure within the socio-political sphere is astounding as it propagates agendas not only bereft of Divinely inspired confluence but also, all too sadly, to the detriment of souls rather than their good as many may think. But what is worse still is the capital sin of sloth that is to the soul what darnel is to wheat. Sloth is not simply laziness but rather an egregious spiritual wounding that deceptively disguises itself in the overindulgence of temporal tasks or pleasure, thereby drawing a soul further and further away from God and the essential purpose for being created …eternal life!
Let us then heed with exigency, “Knowing that intercessory prayer is our mightiest weapon and the supreme call for all Christians today, I pleadingly urge our people everywhere to pray. Believing that prayer is the greatest contribution people can make in this critical hour, I humbly urge that we take time to pray - to really pray.” (General Robert E. Lee 1863)
Rev. James Molgano
St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church
2555 NE Savanna Rd.
Jensen Beach, Florida 34957