Every day I try to think of holy and wholesome things. But I also like to listen to and read about current events. So, I turn on the television every morning and watch CNN. I don’t know why I do that exactly. Maybe I’m just a glutton for repulsive punishment. I could turn off the TV and, instead, read the paper or go online to satisfy my passion for current events. But I see the same things there.
A man is running for the U.S. Senate to fill a seat left vacant when the former senator moved into the President’s cabinet. Suddenly, I see and hear about all this dirt and trash that is being dug up about this man’s distant past. I don’t know if any of it is true. If it is, shame on him. If it isn’t, shame on the people who make the claims. Shame on the media for their biases. But, shame on all sides for doing and saying and for wanting to perform these perverted acts, or for even having these things in their heads!
Then, to make matters worse, those who support this man remind us of the repulsive acts of people on the other side … things that happened also in the distant past. It never ends. It’s one man’s repulsive act after repulsive act in graphic detail being brought up followed by repulsive act after repulsive act on the other side. And then more similar accusations repeated for others on both sides. It’s getting to be so gross. And just when I thought it couldn’t be any worse, I read about two more Catholic priests from a monastery in Minnesota who it is now believed abused young boys long ago. For someone like me, who would prefer the wholesomeness of Little House on the Prairie or The Waltons, or who would prefer to read about saints and their virtues, it is painful to watch and read about. But it is there before us. What is a person like me to do?
OK, here we go. 1) Go to daily Mass and pray earnestly for our culture and what it has become. 2) Spend time before the Blessed Sacrament in a Catholic Church and pray for the conversion of sinners. 3) Pray the rosary daily for the Blessed Mother’s intercession for our country and our world. 4) Do not play the same games yourselves, but rather take the high road whenever possible. 5) Pray, pray, pray! St. Paul said it well: “See that no one returns evil for evil; rather, always seek what is good both for each other and for all. Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophetic utterances. Test everything; retain what is good. Refrain from every kind of evil.” (2 Thess 5:15-22).
I have an idea. Spend some time in the natural world admiring God’s handiwork and pondering his goodness. Better to fill your head with the perfume of nature than with these evil and revolting stories. God bless you. Amen.