Wednesday, November 21, 2012
A Memorable Thanksgiving Conversation: Vortex
Gotta love this Vortex, as Michael Voris suggests that, right after grace is said for the Thanksgiving dinner, we might open a conversation with something along the lines of, “So, what does everyone think about Hell?”
“It can all go downhill from there,” he assures us. And in a way, that’s a good thing!
Time for a little reflection: The world of Catholics is broken down into – more or less – three separate groupings.
There is the 75 percent who don’t care…don’t know they should care…and don’t care that they don’t know. And if you want to know who they are, just go to a golf course on any Sunday morning where they are “worshipping”. The 75 percent don’t go to Mass and are essentially Catholics in name only – if even that much.
Then there are the remaining 25 percent, roughly, who do go to Mass; but this group breaks down even further to those who know, and those who don’t. Both groups “CARE”, but in varying degrees.
What it is that they don’t know is authentic Catholicism. They have been rendered spiritually brain dead from decades of Protestantized Catholicism that has been shoveled their way Sunday after Sunday.
So while they LOOK like they care, they kinda don’t – at least not the same way or about the same things that others in the parish do.
Now, these Catholics aren’t as easy to locate as the 75 percent who don’t go to Mass. They (the 75%) are easy to figure out: they want nothing to do with the Church, and will pretty much tell you that, mostly in polite terms…mostly.
But the crowd sitting in Mass each Sunday that mostly doesn’t know…well, that’s an entirely different challenge. They reject this teaching or that, deny one dogma or another, and generally consider themselves good people.
But they aren’t Catholic in the fullest sense of what that word means. They largely believe that everyone – or nearly everyone – goes to Heaven; contraception is Ok; all religions are essentially the same…at least all Christian faiths. The Pope is generally a cool dude, and his OPINIONS are worth considering because…well…after all, he is the Pope. But at the end of the day, they have listen to their own consciences.
As long as nothing religious is brought up, everything LOOKS very Catholic. This Thanksgiving. for example, many of these types of Catholics will sit down around the table and say grace; pretty Catholic there – check.
Some of them will moan about the election outcome – but not for CATHOLIC reasons; nonetheless it might all have the air of SOUNDING Catholic – check.
Chit chat will be engaged in about something that happened at the relative’s parish with Fr. Nice or the sweet nun that does this or that around the parish. Again – Catholic sounding – CHECK.
And by the time the dessert is served and the attention has shifted to cleaning up and watching football and moaning about how full everyone is, the day will begin to draw to a close and any meaningful chance to bring up AUTHENTIC CATHOLICISM will have gone the way of the food scraps – exactly like Satan wants it to.
Want to have a memorable Thanksgiving this year? As soon as people sit down and grace has been prayed – immediately ask what everyone thinks about Hell and that the Church still very much teaches it and that most of the fathers, doctors, and saints of the Church say that most people go there.
That will be a good conversation starter and it can all go downhill from there. But you should never stop smiling – just like the liberals never do. Just smile away – realizing that you are doing the work of Heaven: alerting souls to the only reality that matters – the next life, and where each of your family members and friends may end up.
Satan wants a nice comfortable meal. He doesn’t want fights and quarrels – especially now; I mean, c’mon, it’s Thanksgiving…not now. It’s not the right time. We can always talk about this later.
But if you don’t say something, then on Sunday your family and friends who still go to Mass will be right back at Mass, thinking the Pope’s a sweet old man, contraception is fine, and that God can’t possibly be mean enough to throw someone into Hell for all eternity, because He loves everyone.
This Thanksgiving day and weekend, faithful Catholics need to sit around the table and think WAY less about putting food IN their mouths, and much more about letting the truth come OUT of their mouths.
You may rest assured that when Our Blessed Lord sat down to dine with those who needed to hear the truth, that He gave it to them – even if it did ruin the main course. If you – who know and care – don’t say the truth to those around you, who will?
And if you who know, don’t say…how much do you really care?