My Thoughts

Late last year I wrote of my visit to New York City and trips to Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, the 911 Memorial, and attending the Broadway musical Come from away. I wrote then of the unforgettable moments in Philadelphia, of the visits to the Liberty Bell, and the sites where the first Congress and Senate met. It seems so far away now though less than ten months have gone by. The New York City I experienced then bears little resemblance to New York City today.

I am a country boy with a country born aversion to big cities and crowds. The city that never sleeps is nothing but an insomniac on steroids. Spent five days in New York City and enjoyed every minute of it; never felt unsafe or threatened. Sad. Sad to see what is happening to our big cities. Looking back on what I wrote of the experience, one paragraph stuck out like a sore thumb in a ragged bandaid.

Among the many observations on his journey throughout America, Alexis de Tocqueville observed: “A man’s admiration for absolute government is proportionate to the contempt he feels for those around him.” This has a contemporary feel given the contemptuous attitudes of the disparate groups that now endeavor to divide us. The enthusiasm for socialism is reflective of the contempt expressed by so many for historical fact; and their adamant refusal to understand why such ideological cults never achieve what they conceive nor deliver what they promise.

Mind you, this was pre-Covid, before George Floyd, before BLM, Antifa, riots, chaos and anarchy, before “defund the police,” before all the insanity of the last five months. I am not a prophet. I have no direct input with God Almighty, so when you read above what was written in the waning months of last year, understand I had no special insight into the mayhem that has enveloped our great country these few months, just a reflection on the trajectory the progressive left was directing our politics at the time. I am devastated with what has happened, as I am sure you are as well. Let us start a movement, FTP-ELM, Fund The Police – Every Life Matters with the goal of defunding radical left organizations (BLM and Antifa for starters) and bringing back law and order to America.

Wake up America.

Just my thoughts for a Friday, for what it is worth.

Deacon Chuck

About the author: Deacon Chuck

Deacon Chuck was ordained into the permanent diaconate on September 17, 2011, in the ministry of service to the Diocese of Reno and assigned to St. Albert the Great Catholic Community. He currently serves as the parish bulletin editor and website administrator. Deacon Chuck continues to serve the parish of Saint Albert the Great Catholic Community of the Diocese of Reno, Nevada. He is the Director of Adult Faith Formation and Homebound Ministries for the parish, conducts frequent adult faith formation workshops, and is a regular homilist. He currently serves as the bulletin editor for the parish bulletin. He writes a weekly column intended to encompass a broad landscape of thoughts and ideas on matters of theology, faith, morals, teachings of the magisterium and the Catholic Church; they are meant to illuminate, illustrate, and catechize the readers and now number more than 230 articles. His latest endeavor is "Colloqui: A journal for restless minds", a weekly journal of about 8 pages similar in content to bulletin reflections. All his reflections, homilies, commentaries, and Colloqui are posted and can be found on his website: http://deaconscorner.org. Comments are always welcome and appreciated. He is the author of two books: "The Voices of God: hearing God in the silence" which offers the reader insights into how to hear God’s voice through all of the noise that surrounds us; and "Echoes of Love: Effervescent Memories" which through a combination of prose and verse provides the reader with a wonderful journey on the way to discovering forever love. He regularly speaks to groups of all ages and size and would welcome the opportunity to speak to your group.

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