nick wrote:This I think it due to a continuing growing belief in people's (im my belife mis-directed) belief that their lives should be self-determined and un-fettered by any kind moral or spiritual authority.
Authority is one the things I have been trying to meditate about this Lent.
It is difficult in a secular society to accept this but it is key for most Christians (I don't know what God's will for people like Gen. Gordon is) to accept that the church knows better than they about moral and faith issues. I really have to pray - and do penance - to accept this thought as somone who lives in the so called real modern world. Even if my "rational" thoughts don't accept something, a key part of faith is intellectual submission, that I acknowledge that Our Lord committed the power of decision on these things not to me or or to any ordinary guy however bright I may think I am (intellectual pride is a real issue with me) but to the Church.
These two prayers, which are part of my daily morning prayers, are ones I sometimes struggle with:-
"I believe what the Catholic church teaches. I deny what it denies."
"Lord God, I firmly believe that You are one God in three Divine Persons, Father, Son and Holy Ghost; I believe that Your divine Son became man, and died for our sins, and that He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe these and all the truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches, because You have revealed them, Who can neither deceive nor be deceived. Amen."