Wednesday of the Octave of Easter

This post is more of a rant than a reflection, but once in a while I just have to get something off my chest.  Things should be back to normal tomorrow.

As you probably know, the Saint Louis area was hit by a series of violent storms on Good Friday, including four tornados.  I wrote about this earlier this week and referred to the storms as a “Good Friday miracle.”  In spite of the destruction left in the wake of these storms, and it was considerable, no one was killed or even seriously injured.  By comparison, a small town in Arkansas was similarly devastated yesterday and there were at least four deaths.

Even the TV news people commented on the miraculous sparing of life in the storms here, which prompted someone to write a letter to the editor of the local paper.  The writer was quite upset that TV news and weather people would resort to “mysticism” in their coverage.  Aparantly this person took offense at even the suggestion that God somehow had a hand in all this.  Furthermore, this writer felt the commentators should have taken the opportunity, while people’s homes were being blown away, to invoke “global warming” as the cause for the storms.

Sunday morning thousands of Catholics and other Christians gathered to celebrate Easter Sunday.  I’m sure every one of them prayed for the victims quick recovery and gave thanks for the sparing of lives.  Unfortunately none of them took the time to write a letter to the editor.

It’s just one more example of how the minority is trying to dictate to the majority.  Because of the complacency, or maybe even apathy of Christians, they’re getting away with it.  Sometimes I wonder just what it’s going to take for us to say “enough!”  Christianity is being attacked on every front.  We stand by as Easter vacation becomes “spring break”, Merry Christmas becomes “happy holidays”, and the Ten Commandments are first removed from the courthouse, then ridiculed by a vocal minority who don’t share our beliefs.

Through the millennia, thousands of our ancestors have lost their lives in defense of the faith.  In the 21st century, most of us can’t be bothered to even stand up for our faith and our God.  We’re in the middle of the first week of the Easter season.  Just three days ago we celebrated Christ’s victory of evil and death itself.  We renewed our baptismal promises.  Were they just empty words?  Is our Easter celebration just lip service?  Or do we believe what we profess to believe?

If the latter is the case, when are we going to stop looking the other way as our religious freedoms are taken away?  I ask the question not knowing the answer.  But I do know this:  Nothing’s going to change until you and I do something.  If we depend on others to carry the water, we’re going to be very sorry.  Right now there’s a small hole in the dam, but the opening’s going to get bigger and bigger until it’s too late for us to keep from being drowned.

While this may be a societal problem, it’s going to become a personal problem for all of us sooner or later.  Now’s the time to take a stand.  Do it now before it’s too late.

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