Monday, August 10, 2009

The Real Eschatology (Not the Progressive Version)

Cdl. Levada to the K of C:

All Christians are called to give over their lives to Christ, to allow Him to live through them. Let me conclude with a specific application of that truth to us as Catholics in America, and for us as Knights of Columbus in our beloved country.

Our first reading offers us another image, not unlike that with which I began this homily:

"I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 'Behold, God’s dwelling is with the human race.”' (Rev 21:2-3)

The new Jerusalem does not rise up to heaven from the earth; that city is Babel, not Jerusalem.

In similar vein, Solzhenitsyn:

...This new way of thinking, which had imposed on us its guidance, did not admit the existence of intrinsic evil in man nor did it see any higher task than the attainment of happiness on earth. It based modern Western civilization on the dangerous trend to worship man and his material needs. Everything beyond physical well-being and accumulation of material goods, all other human requirements and characteristics of a subtler and higher nature, were left outside the area of attention of state and social systems, as if human life did not have any superior sense. That provided access for evil, of which in our days there is a free and constant flow.

The concept that 'the New Jerusalem rises up from the Earth', (the Babel construction), is the one utilized by the Democrat Progressives--or, for that matter, by the Republican Progressives. Thus the Utopian 'save the Earth' or 'national healthcare' schemes, or, for that matter, 'stimulus,' in its own way.

The moral obligation to care for the sick or to be good stewards of the earth is politely ignored while being re-constructed in positive law. Well-meaning, perhaps, but futile. Right action cannot be forced, any more than wrong action can be prevented a priori by any State.


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