The other day while walking my dogs, my mind played with a popular way of saying things as in: Forty is the new thirty. Or in my case, fifty is the new forty. I played with other comparisons such as black is the new white and old is the new, new (referring to retro). I kept going with, wrong is the new right.
Had my two dogs not been pulling onward at such a brisk pace, I would have stopped dead in my tracks. Wrong is the new right. That is so true!
There has always been sin in the world and those that sought to delude others into thinking evil are good, but we’ve crossed over from a sane world to an insane one. My husband Mark and I often look back at our childhoods at what was once socially acceptable and what was not. Back when we were kids, we never would have believed it if someone told as that the day was coming that the Boy Scouts of America would one day be labeled a hate group for not allowing male homosexuals to serve as scout leaders. No one would have guessed that vowing to do their duty to God and country to help others at all times and stay physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight, would one day pose a threat to some of society. It was unthinkable that anyone supporting marriage as being between one man and one woman would be attacked as a hater. Societies that once treated children as a blessing are apt to worry about too much of a good thing and put more energy into propagating trees and wildlife.
Sex outside of marriage was once wrong, now it’s expected and encouraged—with birth control of course—never mind that birth control gives a false sense of security and does not completely protect against sexually transmitted diseases or the byproduct of recreational sex—a baby. And thus, the media and much of the world gets behind abortion.
In so many ways, the world has taken evil and presents it as good. So, we must keep our wits about us and remain strong and holy. The best remedy against the world’s insanity is to strive for heaven and resist the world.
Don\’t feel lonely; Christ is on your side. Find like-minded Catholics. Join a prayer group. Read books. Listen to Catholic radio and watch Catholic television. Pray, go to adoration and frequent the sacraments.
The truth is at your fingertips so drink it in and build a wall against the lies.
As it says in Isaiah 5:20, “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness…”
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” (Romans 12:2).
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