Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Why Are Young People Killing Young People?

In the marches, walkouts and debates over gun violence, young people claim to be victims. Some even say they are the only valid, even prophetic voice speaking out. However, one question goes unanswered: Why are young people killing other young people?
There is so much talk about the responsibility of bad politicians, National Rifle Association members and corrupt officials. However, none of these have ever killed young people.
Inside the youth culture, the mass murderers are mostly young men killing members of their own generation. There is something wrong inside a youth culture in which young people kill other young people.

Responsible for Their Acts
As all people are endowed with free will, these young people alone are also responsible for their acts. No one forced them to kill other young people. It was their decision.
However, those responsible for the killings can be influenced by others. Aside from family, the most important influence upon young people are usually other young people.
Indeed, youth culture is known for its rejection of outside “grown-up” influences. The fire of youth exalts in its incredible energy and desire to be independent of the older adult world. Thus, there must be some factors inside today’s youth culture that help explain why young people are killing young people.
Factors that Influence These Acts
The youth culture in question is the dominant pop culture as promoted by media and lived by youth idols and stars. It is the product of successive generations that have succumbed to the sexual revolution model introduced during the sixties. It is not necessarily how all young people live, but it does exert much influence on their lives.
It manifests itself in how youth think and express themselves, how they dress and what fads and fashions they follow. It is found in the music they listen to and the media they frequent.
There are three factors of this present youth culture that can be cited as influencing the violence.
A Self-Centered Culture
The first is that this popular youth culture is extremely self-centered. Everything is thought to exist in function of the individual. Persons can, for example, self-identify as whatever they wish to be. Individuals determine the terms of their own existence, behavior and values.
This creates an artificial and insecure world marked by self-gratification. In this culture, young people want everything instantly, effortlessly and regardless of the consequences. They have no patience with anything that stands in the way. They are easily offended by any certainty or moral standard that “micro-aggresses” them.
With the advent of social media, this self-centeredness is represented by an enormous pressure upon young people to project a self-image beyond reality. Social success is measured in validating texts, self-absorbing posts and impulsive likes. The selfie has become an expression of self-projection.
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In such a climate, concern for others is diminished, and people can quickly become ostracized. Those who fail to live up to the image of their self-aggrandizement become depressed and resentful. With few moral restraints, it can give rise to situations when young people kill other young people.
A Dearth of Meaningful Relationships
The second factor in contemporary youth culture is a dearth of meaningful relationships. It is no secret that many youths come from homes broken by divorce. Others grow up lacking one parent. These essential family relationships are foundational for the development of a stable personality. The profile of the mass murderers almost always reveals the lack of a good father and other important role models.
Outside the family, this popular youth culture also tends toward superficial links. This is especially seen in the casual sexual relationships that are facilitated by certain linking up apps. Social media adds to the shallowness with its offer of friends and followers that add little to social life.
The instability of relationships is further reflected in a lack of community involvement that sociologists have noted among youth. They lack those community links that normally add an extra layer of stability to personal development. The troubled individuals involved in the killings are generally loners without significant integration in the community.
Despite an incredibly interconnected world, there are those feeling entirely isolated, tormented by apathy, boredom, and restlessness. Such a situation creates the lonely conditions for the appearance of young people that kill other young people.
Looking for Causes Beyond Self
Finally, a self-centered materialist culture is asphyxiating and shallow. It especially suppresses the spiritual desires of the youth that naturally looks for causes beyond self and ultimately toward God.
That is why successive generations of youth since the sixties have looked for increasingly abnormal outlets for their spiritual hunger: drugs, religious sects, and bizarre lifestyles that so destroy their lives. The present generation has taken this same impulse farther by embracing the occult. Some even enter the macabre world of Islamic radicalism—found among some young shooters.
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When spiritual desires are absent, it can also give rise to emptiness. Saint Thomas Aquinas (Summa II-II, q. 35) calls this condition acedia, which he defines as the weariness for holy and spiritual things and a subsequent sadness of living. This tragic emptiness is often found among those young people killing other young people.
Return to Christian Order
The only way to fight today’s corrupted youth culture is to replace it with another culture. This other culture must be contrary to the present one. It must be powerful enough to inspire selflessness, embracing enough to engender community, lofty enough to arouse dedication. It must be a refreshing alternative to a sad and weary world.
This effort to find a culture does not involve a search but a return. Christian order had this inspiring effect upon decadent Rome and countless other barbarian cultures. It united peoples in charity and captured their imagination as they joined their hearts and mind to God. Nothing could have been more unlikely than this new culture in those morally devastated peoples. But if it happened once, it can happen again, even in these unlikely times when young people kill other young people.

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Dealing with a Walk-Away World

A colleague told me of an intriguing incident at a conference of accountants that were studying recent changes in tax regulations. One speaker gave a talk on recruiting new staff and how to deal with turnover. An attendee then asked a question remarking that from the context of her presentation, it seemed companies were facing recruiting cycles of two or three years, especially from new graduates.
The speaker replied that this was true. The newer generations tend to migrate to other jobs quickly and unexpectedly. The days of stable employment lasting decades or even a lifetime are over. Today’s recruits will frequently walk away from a job just as a change of pace.
The questioner responded by saying that surely the employee could be retained by an offer of more money. The surprising reply was that money did not seem to make a difference. Sometimes the new job paid less or involved different skills. An accountant, for example, might migrate to being a receptionist because he or she just prefers to do so. The changes appear almost whimsical. While not every person will necessarily follow this pattern, the speaker said to expect people to make these walk-away decisions after only two or three years on the job.
The conversation impressed me but did not surprise me. I had witnessed this instability in my interaction with others including younger people. However, this striking example at a conference for serious accountants got me thinking. Everything seemed to click: Ours is a walk-away world.
Living in Ambiguity
Our walk-away world is an ambiguous place where people do not like to define things. They prefer to act upon impulses.
I do not blame this walk-away world on the new generation. In fact, I think it is the product of successive generations, including my own, that have succumbed to the intemperance of our times. We want everything now, instantly and effortlessly. We expect our desires to be gratified at once. We manifest immediate annoyance when they are not satisfied instantaneously. We are accustomed to walking (or clicking) away.

This world is not like that of more defined generations of the past with their radical rhetoric and activism. They took defined philosophical stands and enlisted impassioned youth to advance their causes. Their radical stands expressed the immobility of their positions, their refusal to concede to pressures.
However, in a walk-away society, everything is based on emotion, image, and impulse. Today’s #hashtag activism is short-lived and empty of meaning. Activists seamlessly walk away from the thrill of a one real or fake crisis to the next. In our frenzied news cycles, ideas are rarely debated rationally. When something offends activists, they simply walk away from the “microaggression” or problematic truths that invite their mature reflection and judgment.
The Destruction of Institutions
I believe one of the main reasons why people walk away is found in the breakdown of institutions. In a short period of fifty years, people have been given the option of walking away from the institutions that anchor us in reality.
It was once understood that society could not survive without the institutions of family, community, and faith. This understanding kept society cohesive, prosperous, and ordered. When this notion of order was challenged in the 1960s, it unleashed today’s fragmented and anchorless world.
So many other institutions suffer from similar devastation. Nicholas Eberstadt in his book, Men Without Work, laments the walking away of millions of men from “what we think of ordinarily as adult responsibilities not only as breadwinners but as parents, family members, community members, and citizens.” He rightly characterizes this abandonment of duty and responsibility as “infantilization.”Thus, everything has become walk-away. Cohabitation, adultery, same-sex unions, rampant divorce, and other evils make for walk-away marriages and families. Contraception, sterilization, and abortion are nothing but walk-away parenting.
Indeed, others like Sen. Ben Sasse have written about youth who “adult,” which means to do a specific adult action while insisting upon remaining an adolescent. Sociologist Robert Putnam has documented the dramatic increase of those who walk away from all forms of civic involvement.
Walking Away from Truth
As dangerous as the walk away from institutions is, the walking away from the truth is worse. Institutions anchor us in reality, the knowledge of the truth encompasses how we know reality.
It is symptomatic that we live in “post-truth” times. In 2016, the Oxford Dictionaries awarded the term its “word of the year.” Rebecca Goldstein notes that in their commentary on “post-truth,” the Oxford editors pointed out that “post” in this context did not refer to a subsequent time reference “as in postwar or postgame” but rather to something that has become “unimportant or irrelevant.” People have not necessarily denied the truth but just walked away from it.
Again, this walking away was facilitated by opening up the option of walking out. It was caused by the abandonment of the Western canon of literature, logic, and philosophy that is the basis of modern thought. This “liberation” ended up fragmenting what was once unified thought into a restless search for whatever pleases.
Today’s man walks away from the discipline of definition and logic. We accept the most blatant contradictions and blurring of distinctions. It gives rise to the fake news that destroys certainties. There is a shallowness of thought that is facilitated by social media. Changing from one experience to another is just a click away.
The walk away from the truth is particularly seen in the deconstruction of identity in which people question who they are. They self-identify as whatever they imagine themselves to be. Some even go to the point of fragmenting into several identities, “genders,” or online avatars based on the whim and imagination of the moment.
The Walk Away from God
The worst devastation of our walk-away society is found in the walk away from God. It is only through love and knowledge of the Creator that we find meaning and purpose in life. We are made for God, as Saint Augustine says, and our hearts are restless until they rest in him.
Our society does everything possible to facilitate this walk away. Many are the false gods in our modern pantheon—individualism, materialism, health, wealth, hedonism and others. There is no more hellish existence than the worship of these false gods, which will always deceive and never keep their promises. However, the worst of these gods is when people set themselves up as gods. They then experience the tyranny of their enslaving passions.
The walk away from God is made worse by the crisis inside the Church that has confused and led so many astray. People no longer find the certainty they crave. Instead, they stumble into new theological trends that promote a walk-away morality. They find infantile services, which represent a general walk-away from our duty to worship God. A feel-good spirituality walks away from the Way of the Cross. Even the idea of God is no longer a just yet benevolent God but a being that suits our every fancy.
Restless and Searching
Thus, it is no surprise that people are frustrated—even in the business world. It should astonish no one that young people are so affected since they are empowered with an increasing number of ways of walking away. This can especially be seen in our culture’s obsession for escape found in the experience of drugs, sexual promiscuity, and virtual fantasies.
However, it is this ever-increasing restlessness that might provide a response to our walk-away world. When societies lose their bearings, they often generate an intensely contrary movement whereby people start pondering their origins, purpose, and fundamental assumptions. In this case, it would be the Christian wellspring from whence they came. Some people in our walk-away world are now searching for causes to embrace. In spite of the crisis, they look to the Church for the faith, hope, and charity they lack. With the discreet help of Divine Grace, they seek out the God from whom they once fled.
More importantly many are coming to realize that the problems we now face have no human solution. They are so grave and ubiquitous that there is no walking away from them. They then learn that the only solution is to confide in God and the Blessed Mother, especially in light of the Fatima message. They will never walk away from us.
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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Praying a Counter-Cultural Rosary on the Frontlines of the Culture War

By John Horvat II

As I stood on the country highway praying a rosary for marriage, I could not help but think I was on the front line. Talking about traditional marriage is essential, but it can be done from the safety of the home. Writing about the subject is an exercise done in the isolation of an office. When you are out in front of hundreds of passing cars or pedestrian traffic, that is the front line.
Anything can happen since this is an explosive topic. You are out there directly exposed to those who hate you. You will also experience the consolation of support. You will face the contempt of indifference. You are in God’s hands.

An Ordinary Site Made Extraordinary
On March 17, I participated in one of over 2,247 public square rosaries in defense of traditional marriage nationwide. It involved gathering together a group of people in a public place on the closest Saturday to the feast of Saint Joseph. Each rally had a banner that proudly proclaimed: “God’s Marriage = 1 Man + 1 Woman.” The event was sponsored by the America Needs Fatimacampaign of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property.
The location of our rally could not have been more American. We were out in the countryside amid cornfields, pastures and grain silos. However, it was a busy highway with all sorts of Americans going about their Saturday tasks and shopping. There were semis, pickups, minivans, cars and even tractors passing by our rosary rally for marriage.
Protected by our traditional marriage banners we prayed Our Lady’s rosary. The rally was organized by a family with three generations present. The most enthusiastic were the children who appeared to marvel at the excitement of praying in front of everyone. The grandmother watched over the children as the father bravely and loudly led the mysteries.It was not a particularly beautiful spot. There are certainly more symbolic locations. The flat area at the side of the road usually serves as a parking spot for commuters. It provided ample space for our rally.  Perhaps it was the ordinariness of the site that made it so extraordinary. It showed that America’s rejection of same-sex “marriage” is deeply rooted.
The Utter Audacity of it All
It takes courage to pray the rosary in the public square. There will be people passing by who know you. Some of them will disagree with you and talk about you behind your back. There will also be others who will secretly admire you and in the silence of their cars wish you well.
As we started to pray, I sensed the utter audacity of it all. Our protests do not enjoy the patronage of a fawning media that gives its support to liberal causes. I am convinced that it takes the help of supernatural grace to venture out on the public square.
Thus, praying a rosary in the public square is counter-cultural. In the secular society envisioned by most liberals, these public displays of prayer are not supposed to happen. They are not politically correct. No one is allowed to disagree with same-sex “marriage” publicly. However, those in the hundreds of cars that passed us, all took a mental note that it is possible to disagree in public.
I could not help but think of the multiplier effect of these rallies. It was not just our rally in the middle of the countryside but 2,247 of them across the nation, each broadcasting its counter-cultural message far and wide.
Defying the Liberal Narrative
I was impressed by the different narrative I found on the front lines of the Culture War. Based on the news reports and polls spread by the media we could expect overwhelming rejection of our message. But that is not what we found.
As we prayed, the overwhelming majority of those who reacted were favorable. They gave us the thumbs up. They honked their horns and shouted their support. One older farmer came to the lot to pick up a car. In his picturesque way, he told us he agreed with us to the point that he would like to buy us each a case of beer.
Of course, there were those who disagreed with our prayer rally, but they were surprisingly few. As the traffic zoomed past, they would let loose a foul expletive that was thankfully difficult to discern. Such rare and cowardly displays of opposition usually had the effect of only making us more resolute in our purpose to stand up for God’s marriage.
Thus, we finished our public square rosary for marriage. Just as there was no media narrative on the frontlines, no media reported on the event. Such displays of public piety, no matter how extraordinary, escape their radar. However, such negligence is not important. Unlike liberal street theater, our rallies were not done for media consumption. They were done to instill hope in those who share our Faith. Above all, our rosary rallies were directed to God, the Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph, in whom we confide for the final victory
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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Prayer Shaming: A New Front in the Culture War

A new front has opened in the Culture War. Now they are targeting prayer. The controversy was triggered by the fact that political leaders traditionally sent messages of condolences offering their “thoughts and prayers” to victims and their families.
Such innocent expressions of comfort have enraged liberals who claim the idea of prayer especially in times of a shooting is meaningless. Even prayer can be politicized as some protesters have resorted to “shaming prayer.”
They do this by becoming indignant with prayers, which they ridicule as ineffectual and infantile. Enough of your prayers, they cry, let us see legislative action! The more radical protesters go one step further by raging and blaspheming against God who allows such tragedies to happen.
The Narrow Vision of the Prayer Shamers
Indeed, it is tragic that there are those who shame prayer. They refuse the very means by which every suffering and problem might be overcome. Although they would be enraged at the suggestion, the prayer shamers need prayers.
Their problem is that they do not have Faith in God. Therefore, they do not understand the nature of prayer. For them, prayer is a kind of therapeutic exercise of weak individuals who cannot face reality. Such weaklings resort to appealing to an imaginary being from whom they imagine they receive favors. Such an opinion is not new, for Saint Thomas Aquinas says that even among the ancients “some held that human affairs are not ruled by Divine providence; whence it would follow that it is useless to pray and to worship God at all” (II-II: 83).
Hence, the prayer shamers’ mentality is sadly limited and narrow-minded. They recognize no reality or power beyond the physical world. They rely only upon themselves to realize their goals. And when they fail in life, as all eventually will do, they do not understand the meaning of suffering and become resentful.
God Desires to Help Humanity
If only they would have recourse to prayer! If only they knew just how much God wishes to help them.
Prayer is defined as the elevation of the mind to God in order to converse with him. While there are several types of prayer, the most common is that of petition, in which the person implores God’s aid, which he willingly and abundantly grants.
One of the most common themes in the Bible is God’s constant pleas to his people to call upon him. He implores: “Cry to me, and I will hear thee” (Jer, XXXIII, 3). The psalms likewise proclaim this great desire. “Call upon me, and I will deliver you from all dangers” (Ps. 49:15). And God delivers on his promises as can be seen: “Thou, O Lord art sweet and mild, and plenteous in mercy to all who call upon Thee” (Ps. 85:5).
In the New Testament, Saint John registers Christ’s complaint: “Hitherto you have not asked anything in my name: ask and you shall receive, that your joy may be full” (John 26:24). Saint James says succinctly: “You have not, because you ask not” (4:2).
Saint Augustine says God has a greater desire to give us his graces, than we have to receive them. Saint Alphonsus Liguori, who wrote extensively about prayer, says that God may well answer those who criticize prayer: “Do not complain to me if you do not enjoy complete happiness; complain of yourselves for not having asked my graces; ask me for them henceforth and you shall be satisfied.”
Tragically, the prayer shamers have not availed themselves to this great instrument. They do not believe in prayer and therefore do not ask.
The Conditions of Effective Prayer
Prayer shamers might raise the objection that they do not see immediate results. They might even give as proof their own past efforts when they may have whispered prayers in secret that were not answered.
The reason why prayers are not answered is because there are conditions attached to them. Saint James once again says succinctly: “You ask and receive not, because you ask amiss” (James 4:3).
The first condition for prayer to be heard is to be humble. “A humble and contrite heart, O God, Thou will not despise” (Ps. I:19). It matters not if one is a saint or sinner, God hears those who are humble. Those who approach with an attitude of resentment, entitlement, and pride are centered all on self. In their pride, they attribute qualities to themselves that belong to God. That is why Scripture says, “God resisteth the proud and giveth graces to the humble” (James 4:6).
A second condition for effective prayer is confidence, which is the unconditional hope of obtaining all that is helpful toward salvation. In teaching the Our Father prayer, Christ exhorted his disciples to approach God with the confidence of a child to a parent. Those with confidence believe God will keep the promises when Christ said: “If you ask the Father anything in my name, he will give it to you” (John 16:23).
Indeed, says Saint Augustine, “by promising, he has made himself a debtor.”
Yet another condition for efficacious prayer is perseverance. God wishes to united himself to those who “pray without ceasing” (I Thess. 5:17). Christ tells his disciples that it is not sufficient simply to ask, but to insist saying “seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you” (Luke 11:9). Persevering prayer will obtain results beyond expectations. As Saint Bernard says, “when we pray, the Lord will give either the grace we ask, or one that is more useful to us.”

A Need for Less Shame in Praying
Thus, those who shame prayer do not know prayer. They do not have recourse to God and shame those who do. They have recourse instead to government solutions that often make matters worse. Tragically, God has been banished from the public square, and people are surprised when disasters happen.
However, Christians also share in the ignorance of the power of prayer. The political figures that send thoughts and prayers, often do so as a matter of social convention without praying. The faithful also neglect to avail themselves of the good that can be obtained through prayer.
How much more effective these figures would be if they really prayed and asked for God’s aid to console those who suffer tragedy. How much more could be done if all the faithful would approach God with humble and contrite hearts asking that the nation be spared from certain tragedies. How many blessings could be expected if everyone would gather and pray in the public square to call upon God’s aid with perseverance.
Indeed, prayer shamers would be less effective if Christians had less shame in praying.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

When Will the Shooting Stop?

The gun control debate has reignited with the recent Florida shooting. Despite the passionate commentaries on all sides, no one seems to be able to answer the question of when the shootings will stop.
As much as liberal media want to blame guns, police or government, this is a moral problem. It involves the acts of an individual who committed monstrous crimes for which he is responsible. As much as others might wish to blame a decadent culture, the nihilistic nature of these dark crimes signal a much deeper problem that strikes at the foundation of modern society.

The liberal order that has long dominated American society is falling apart. As it crumbles, it is creating monsters. The appearance of these shooter-monsters is an ominous harbinger of this disintegration.
The Triumph of Unfettered Autonomy and Freedom
Liberalism has always proclaimed the autonomy of the individual who is free from strong social ties. Shooters are now affirming an extreme autonomy that knows no authority nor respects any social bonds. Liberalism has promised unfettered freedom without external restraints. Shooters are now abusing that delusional liberty by acting out their fantasies. They see those around them as expendable characters that can be killed inside the bizarre scripts of their own making.
The tragedy of it all is that over the decades, liberalism has also eroded the values and institutions by which society would defend itself from such abuses. Today, the nation finds itself without the only effective means to stop the shooting.
Behavior that Raises Red Flags
Indeed, shooters are an extreme product of the liberal experiment. It is something easy to see in their personal lives. Ironically, in these times when police can profile no one, the media have made the shooters’ profiles familiar to everyone. No profiles could better reflect extreme autonomy and freedom.
Shooters have problems at school, family issues, violent behavior, and police encounters. They take medications, lack communication skills and show strange, unpredictable behavior. They indulge in violent video games and send disturbing messages through social media.
It is no wonder that the liberal media scream that “The red flags were all there.” The public demands that something be done. Police and the FBI are asked to take preventative measures. Government officials propose social programs for troubled youths. Data companies must look for red flags.
The problem with all such measures is that the shooter profile probably fits tens of thousands of young Americans born in broken homes, who exhibit anti-social behavior and have mental problems. As the numbers grow and the system crumbles, merely flagging social misfits and limiting their action will not be enough to stop the shootings.
Can Anything Be Legally Done?
Shooters hide within the liberal order. They game the system because in most cases, nothing can be legally done against them before they kill. It is not illegal to be aggressive, act strangely, or be anti-social. The fact that police visited the Florida shooter’s home 39 times only serves to prove that the system does not work. Police departments probably have countless similar cases nationwide of young disasters waiting to happen.
These young people cannot be locked up only because they fit this strange profile. Moreover, no prison or mental health system in the world is large enough to accommodate all the dangerous people who have committed no crime. The suspects cannot always be stopped before they act. No police force in the world is capable of continually monitoring every potential shooter, and arrest them just before they start to shoot.
Social workers cannot address the real problems deep inside these youths. Government social programs cannot replace the love and care of Christian parents that teach their children the difference between right and wrong at an early age. Alas, mighty Google’s algorithms cannot filter through the ocean of social media to find every potential threat.
This moral problem cannot be solved by big government and gigantic corporations. It has taken on a proportion that mocks their abilities.
Recognizing Liberalism’s Failure
What must be addressed is the crumbling liberal order that is creating monsters. The first step to stopping the shooting is to acknowledge liberalism’s inherent defects.
In his recent book, Why Liberalism Failed, Patrick Deneen says that “Liberalism has failed—not because it fell short but because it was true to itself.” As liberalism progressed, it has fallen victim to its own success. When it reaches the end of its internal contradictions, it creates monsters.
Indeed, liberalism has fabulously succeeded in eroding the societal bonds of family, community and faith that have normally shaped and governed moral behavior in society. In the words of philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre, society has been reduced to “nothing but a meeting place for individual wills” which individuals use as “an arena for the achievement of their own satisfaction.”
The later phases of liberalism now leave society defenseless against the ravages of the shooter-monsters.
The Greatest Mistake of Liberalism
However, the worst mistake of liberalism is that it deprives life of its meaning. Human nature is profoundly social. Deep social relationships give purpose to life. Individuals become frustrated when reduced to the shallow associations that fail to provide context and value to their existence.
Dr. Deneen claims that the political project of liberalism has turned individuals into increasingly “separate, autonomous, nonrelational selves replete with rights and defined by our liberty, but insecure, powerless, afraid and alone.”
Inside this God-forsaken moonscape, it is easy to understand why the shooters appear, as they fail to find meaning inside the loneliness of their existence. The shooters represent not the failure of the liberal order but rather an extreme and radical fruit of its principles.
Liberalism’s Worst Sin
Liberalism’s worst sin is to reduce God into a mere choice within the system. God has no official role in liberal society except perhaps that of some absent clockmaker who wound up the world and now leaves it alone to operate without him. The Church is effectively emptied of her functions inside its system.
Liberalism does not attempt to answer those existential questions which individuals have always asked about the purpose of life, the meaning of truth, the final destination of the soul, and the nature of God and true happiness. Individuals are led to believe there are no real answers to these essential questions. Individuals find they have no certainties to anchor their souls, despite craving them.
Nothing Makes Sense Without God
Like it or not, nothing makes sense without the one true God. There is no reason to do good or avoid evil when it has no final consequences in eternity. History has no meaning when God does not direct the course of events. Where there is no Providence that benevolently provides for needs, life takes on a brutal dog-eat-dog appearance. Where there is no Church to guide and teach, the worst passions dominate. When taken to its final consequences, liberalism presents a despairing worldview, in which man is the product of random causes inside an unintelligible universe.
Hence, one sees the dark, nihilistic side of the shooter-monsters who often desire their own annihilation in addition to that of others. That is why their motives are so mystifying since the shooters have long freed themselves from the moorings of a rightly formed conscience, rational behavior and the natural moral law.
Until these existential issues are addressed, the number of monsters will continue to increase, and society as a whole will continue to fragment and decay. Until Christ is enthroned as King, there will be no peace over the land, and the shooting will not stop.
As seen on Crisis Magazine.

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