Listen to what Saint Paul has to say in his letter to the Romans: God will repay everyone according to his works, eternal life those who seek glory, honor, and immortality through perseverance in good words, but wrath and fury to those who selfishly disobey the truth and obey wickedness. I call these words to your attention today because they are so timely. Down through the ages, various errors have arisen regarding God’s revelation to us. Being stupid and bad-willed as we humans so often are, we have distorted, twisted, and disobeyed God’s word time and again. But even heresy—which means theological error—has its advantages, because it causes the Church, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, to correct those errors and proclaim that which is true and authentic. Perhaps the greatest heresy of our time is the idea that there is no connection between religion and morality. We can call ourselves God-fearing; we can call ourselves Christians; we can even call ourselves Catholics, and yet do exactly as we please, even those things which are totally opposed to the clearly stated will of God.
Take the sacred state of Christian marriage, for instance. Our Lord makes it clear in his gospel that God wills marriage to be monogamous, permanent, faithful, and based upon mutual respect and honor between man and wife. With that in mind, look around you. Pick up the newspapers, or watch TV. Do the various kinds of “relationships,” as they call them, that we find today, follow the will of Our Divine Lord as given to us in the gospel?
Certainly not. We find two unmarried people living together as if they were married. We find divorce and remarriage time and again. We find women bringing children into the world not knowing or caring who the father of each child is, except when she is trying to get child support from the man who fathered each of her children. We find two homosexuals setting up housekeeping and living together, and then, we find even the extreme in unnatural behavior: two homosexuals who are cohabiting demanding the right to marry legally and to adopt children into this situation. Down through the ages, the theological pendulum has swung this way and that. The sexual revolution through which we have been living has produced every imaginable kind of distortion of human and Christian marriage as God and His Divine Son intended them. And of course, the result is a tremendous amount of human unhappiness, since happiness comes with the obedience to God=s will and sin produces unhappiness, both in this life and in the next.
When will the pendulum begin to swing the other way? When will our society wake up to the fact that the commandments of God contain much wisdom and are the only authentic recipe for successful human living? Thank you for allowing God to love you. God Bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.
Note: This Message was composed some years ago.