August 12, 2011

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Rich tradition of faith offers perfect prescription for curious youths

The youth of today have a propensity for mysticism, phantasm and the oddly out of the ordinary.

They are sufficiently configured to enter into the mystery of the Mass and the various senses of biblical study, i.e. literal and spiritual—allegorical, moral and anagogical sense.

While catechizing some of my students in confirmation class, I made the mistake of keeping my teaching far too simple. They became bored, and wanted to learn more so we ventured deeper into the subterranean sea of spirituality and they lit up.

We can use the virtual reality that they spend so much time in to extract truths about the Christian faith and understand the teachings of the Catholic Church.

Our youths are far more prone to enter into the “interior castle” of the soul than many of us, who are content with a shallow spirituality.

There is no sense deprivation in the world of the youths. They are bombarded covertly and overtly with the occult, the whimsical and interdimensional possibilities. We often think about what is, and they ponder what could be. They have no problem seeking things only dead folks know.

The Catholic Church exists in the realm of time and space, persisting in the two spheres of corporeal and incorporeal, spiritual and material.

Our faith is rich in tradition and gifted with great thinkers and doctors of mystical theology, just the prescription needed for the passionately curious youths of today.

- Kirth N. Roach, Order of Carmelite Discalced Secular, Indianapolis


Why is there a lack of outrage and such indifference to the abortion holocaust?

During a recent prayer vigil with one other pro-life supporter outside an abortion mill in Indianapolis, I was struck by the observation that in its fight for life, one innocent several-week-old baby in the womb was outnumbered by five abortion mill staff members—including the physician/abortionist flown in from out of state—all determined to end that life.

At first glance, my trivial, irreverent observation was that those five to one odds would seem a bit unfair.

The more meaningful observation, of course, would suggest that this shameful scene showcases an unspeakable moral tragedy that somehow must end before God’s wrath descends on our nation!

Regarding this situation, I also, perhaps unfairly, sense a lack of outrage and indifference to this abomination in many of our archdiocesan parishes.

Are there compelling reasons why the streets in front of the four abortion mills in Indianapolis aren’t filled with prayerful advocates for the sanctity of innocent human life?

- David A. Nealy, Greenwood

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