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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Many Catholics Will Fall Away in Persecution

Examples of subjective and objective thinking in three minutes in this video.

I am convinced, and in great grief, at the realization that many Catholics will fall away and join those against the good orthodox Catholics for one reason.

Too many Catholics cannot think objectively. Now, I have written on this before, but want to make the point clearer in the context of persecution.

First, objectivity is a sign of holiness. In the time of purification, one learns to step back and see one's self and others objectively. Real holiness is antithetical to subjective thinking, which judges everything from one's own viewpoint, instead of from the outside, the external, eternal Truth.

Second, the past two generations, unless they had rare teachers, like myself, who taught logic, debate, apologetics, have not learned how to think objectively. Now, we have two generations who refuse to judge anyone's actions or events as good or bad, worthy or crass, because they have not learned to judge by objective criteria. They cannot see the difference between judging a person and judging good or evil.

Third, this objectivity can be taught to children and should be part of a child's formation. Montessori helps children be objective, as the basis for this method is Aristotelian and Thomistic. Scholastic methodology in education can happen at home, if parents are aware that it is their duty to raise objective thinkers. Daily examination of conscience is one way of training a child to be objective; that it, looking at one's daily sins and failings. This can be started in training for the sacrament of Confession as early as age six.

Fourth, subjectivity reveals two serious sins; one is self-centeredness, even narcissism, and the second is pride, the lack of love.

Fifth, objective love is the only love which matters-that which is in the will and not in the emotions.

I am increasingly concerned that we shall lose many Catholics and that they will join the ranks of the persecutors because of subjectivism. This is what happened in the English Reformation, or Revolt, as I prefer to call it. When one judges only according to one's immediate needs or safety, one compromises. One loses sight of eternity and only thinks of the now.

Subjective thinking people compromise.

To be continued...and there are many posts on this topic.


Lynda said...

I'm sorry to say we have been abandoned by such nominal Catholics already, as for example, in their turning on us in conjunction with secular forces in the arena of the fight for the defence of babies prior to birth, homosexual practices, etc. And many bishops and priests are among them. Lord have mercy. And many will have experienced this betrayal by family members too.

Supertradmum said...

Lynda, you are correct. It is so sad. I am glad that you are not that far away-smile.

Wendell said...

Thank you for an interesting, informative and truth-filled post. I agree entirely with your assessment.

My experience in academia has confirmed that the brainless and amoral always hide behind the mask of tolerance. Tolerance is that non-virtue which gives one a thin veneer of respectability among men and women who have little care for authentic virtue. Those same folk are quick to turn on anyone who calls into question their reputation or lack of judgement by showering the opposition with accusations of being judgemental or irrational. University life frequently feels like an asylum where the inmates and doctors are frequently the same people.

I have found that the 'Tolerant' are easily threatened because they do not know who and what they are. They are virtually incapable of appreciating the truth about themselves and all men because they have bought into the lies that you have exposed in your post. The are not free. Until they confront the truth about themselves, they will prefer the misery they know to the truth and freedom offered by Christ.

"Christian love bears evil, but it does not tolerate it. It does penance for the sins of others, but it is not broadminded about sin."—Bishop Sheen.

Because we reject sin, we are a threat to those who cling to their sins as virtues.

Sheen also said: "Real love involves real hatred: whoever has lost the power of moral indignation and the urge to drive the buyers and sellers from the temples has also lost a living, fervent love of Truth."

Supertradmum said...

Wendell, thanks and I love the pictures on your blog as well as your blog.

Mark Lambert said...

Great post, thank you for it. The reason you're right is because this isn't even considered as part of a religious education in Catholic Schools, whereas it should be the omega point for all education.

Supertradmum said...

Well, if you follow my blog, you will know I write tons on how to think like a Catholic. The trouble is when schools use state curriculum and non-Catholic teachers, the game is lost.