Saturday, September 21, 2013

Catholic Brights

"The gnostic impulse is always latent in human nature, ever ready to surface whenever man loses his confidence in the value of life and his reverence for divine principles and divine authority over creation. Because these principles reveal to us the true worth and relationship of things, their loss culminates in a culture saturated in habits of disrespect - and ultimately of contempt for others, for life, and for existence itself. The evil nature of contempt can remain hidden from the eyes of the contemptuous by pleasurable rewards for the habit, and of course, by the "peer pressure" of like-minded people, and by the reinforcement provided by powerful cultural messages. In our times it manifests itself in a thousand different ways, ranging from demonic and anarchic expressions to sophisticated, disguised forms that are no less parasitical. Both the lurid and the subtle forms of revolt against the divine order erode the foundations of Western civilization even as they live off the gifts bequeathed it." --Michael O'Brien, Harry Potter and the Paganization of Culture (bold italics mine)

At that time Jesus answered and said: I confess to thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them to the little ones. Yea, Father; for so hath it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered to me by my Father. And no one knoweth the Son, but the Father: neither doth any one know the Father, but the Son, and he to whom it shall please the Son to reveal him. Come to me, all you that labour, and are burdened, and I will refresh you. Take up my yoke upon you, and learn of me, because I am meek, and humble of heart: and you shall find rest to your souls. For my yoke is sweet and my burden light. --Matthew 11:25-30

You see, it is not because they are actually keepers of the deposit of faith, but because the light reveals to them that they have their priorities wrong. They are not naturally confused; rather, they do not want to understand, because they do not want to re-prioritize: they have lost reverence for the divine authority over creation and confidence in the value of life. Because they have enjoyed not seeing the true relationship of things; they have enjoyed too much being an elite. They would have it that they attained to their states of grace by their own strengths. They are the Catholic Brights.

Nowhere do they reveal so much their gnostic underbelly as when they say they are confused and begin to apply their code templates over his words like his words required their interpretations. They will use traditional-speak as a way of excusing themselves from actually keeping the faith in the concrete, in the here and now.

Gnostics speak in code and they therefore naturally assume everyone else must be speaking in code.

And nowhere is there more obvious irony to contradict their pseudo positions of conservative traditionalism as when they give the atheists a run for their money in openly mocking our Holy Father.

1 comment:

Charles Van Gorkom said...

Pride is a subtle sorcerer. Psalm 1 says "...Blessed is the man that walketh not in the way of sinners NOR SITTETH IN THE SEAT OF THE SCORNFUL."

The seat of the scornful is much occupied these days and I think the root is religious pride.

God's ways are not our ways and works always to humble his proud chidren.

Thank-you for your faithfulness in keeping to this blog.