Thursday, July 5, 2012

"Real Love Involves Real Hatred": Vortex

Gotta love those hateful Catholics! Another great Vortex:

The script:

The world is crazy and the reason is this: there’s not enough hate. There’s not enough hate BECAUSE there’s not enough LOVE.

To quote Bishop Fulton Sheen: “Real love involves real hatred.”

Do you get his point? In his splendid work, The Curse of Broadmindedness, Sheen had this to say:

Christian love bears evil, but it does not tolerate it. It does penance for the sins of others, but it is not broadminded about sin. REAL LOVE involves real hatred: whoever has lost the power of moral indignation and the urge to drive the sellers from the temples has also lost a living, fervent love of Truth.

So do faithful Catholics hate some things? You can’t be a faithful Catholic WITHOUT hating some things.

We must hate sin, evil, Satan. We must hate immorality. And we must hate the destruction of souls.

As Sheen so aptly puts it, if you lose the ability to hate what is evil, you have lost the ability to love what is true.

I think we can take that one step further, if we may be so bold as to try to add to Sheen: if you lose the ability to love what it true, you will come to HATE truth. It only follows doesn’t it? Truth is all-demanding; it requires complete acceptance. Partial truth isn’t really truth at all, since Our Blessed Lord is The Truth; how could we possibly embrace Him just partially? Not possible.

If we could use a crude mathematics analogy…if we ask the truth of the sum of 3 plus 7, which is of course 10, and someone is willing to settle for 8, their grasp at partial truth has left them bereft of any substantive truth at all.

While it is true that 8 is contained as an element in 10 – you can’t get to 10 without passing through 8, in manner of speaking – 8 is a lie to the question “What is the sum of 3 and 7?”

And so it is with truth and love. Simply because some loves contain within themselves elements of truth, that does not make the love whole or complete. Love is total or it is false love…or it’s something which isn’t love at all – it’s romance or nostalgia or fanciful thoughts or immaturity or a host of other things, but it is NOT love.

Love inspires people to die; to give of themselves totally; to immerse themselves in agony if need be for the sake of the other. This choice of the will therefore is made with full knowledge and consent – total commitment to truth.

And because it – the free-will choice to LOVE, to commit – becomes a person (for we are the sum of our choices), when one is in love with truth, one hates everything that is opposed to the truth.

This is why God can say to the serpent quite readily and with great ease that He will put hatred between the woman and the snake, between Her offspring and his. Hate is the only response that love can muster when truth is victimized.

Look at Sheen one more time:
Real love involves real hatred: whoever has lost the power of moral indignation and the urge to drive the sellers from the temples has also lost a living, fervent love of Truth.

You never have to wonder why that man is such an inspiration for what we do here at ChurchMilitant.TV. 

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  1. "The Curse of Broadmindedness" is a *chapter* in Sheen's book "Moods and Truths"

  2. I just purchased "Moods and Truths" from
    I'm pleased that I was able to find it, and for a very reasonable price.


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