You have ravished my heart, my sister, my bride,For the great lovers of God -- the saints -- these words speak of the love of Christ for His Church.
you have ravished my heart with a glance of your eyes,
with one jewel of your necklace.
How sweet is your love, my sister, my bride!
how much better is your love than wine.
-- Song of Songs 4:9-10
The saints -- with their eyes always looking towards Heaven -- have a very different view of the world than ours. We, in contrast, seem to always be looking down. We fail to see God in His marvelous creation -- we see only lifeless matter. Our eyes look back at ourselves in a selfish and egotistical gaze.
Our pride at our great accomplishments makes us blind to the true author of all truth and knowledge.
Nowhere do we see this more clearly than in the attitude of our culture towards human love. When God which is love and the source of all love is cast aside, what is left of human love but a selfish physical act of pleasure which evokes a hormonal reaction? Love has no meaning when it is separated from God.
This has been the mission of the champions of secular humanist philosophy -- to separate God from love and in this way to deny the existence of God. It would seem like a hard idea to sell, but the secularists came prepared with a killer marketing scheme.
They offered in exchange for the love of God the oldest temptation in the world -- sex. Sex that is free from guilt and free from consequences. Somehow it never really works out that way in reality, but that doesn't stop the secular marketing machine from making that same sales pitch over and over again in different ways -- there's contraception, there's abortion, there's safe sex, there's gay sex, there's pornography, there's sex before marriage, there's extra-marital sex, there's divorce, there's re-marriage, there's another divorce, there's single mothers, there's sex in the movies, sex on the TV, sex on the radio, sex on the internet. And where is God?
Psychology teaches us to see sex in everything, while the saints teach us to see God in everything.
If you believe the secular humanists then with all this access to unrestrained sex people should be happier than ever -- but instead we see more unhappiness, despair and violence than ever. Is it that we need more sex? Do we need to "lower our inhibitions" even further?
The secular humanists want to make contraception free -- a right -- and soon after they will want to make abortion free as well. "Free" in this case means you pay for it with your taxes of course.
Will the pendulum reach its maximum and begin to swing back or are we watching a runaway train that won't stop until it accelerates to such speeds that it jumps the track?
With God out of the picture the stage is set for some sort of socialist dictatorship. With the kind of reproductive technology that is now available, this would lead to a type of eugenics that the Nazis could only dream of.
Our only hope is God. Our only weapon is prayer.
The good news is that Christ has conquered death and that we have a Pope -- Benedict XVI -- that is well aware of the challenges that the Church faces.
Pray for us O Holy Mary, mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Who is this that looks forth like the dawn,
fair as the moon, bright as the sun,
terrible as an army with banners?
-- Song of Songs 6:10