My Thoughts

Have you ever noticed whenever you are firmly convinced you are right you are suddenly, inexplicitly on the right side of wrong or is it the left side of right? It is easy to get confused these days. After all, 63% of those who woke up this morning are convinced they are dreaming, 32% say they never woke up, and more than half say they are woke but not living the dream they deserve since they are woke.

Take life for instance: human life to be specific. I don’t know about anyone else, but for over seventy-three years I was taught and believed—still do—that all human life is infinitely precious, priceless beyond measure. Why? Because all human life is a gift; God, who is Love, created all things and every human life is a child of the One who created all out of Love.

Nowadays, or so I am told, I have been wrong—for nearly three-quarters of a century wrong. The surveys tell me so. All the opinion polls tell me I am out of date, out of my mind, just a cantankerous curmudgeon wasting space on this big ball called earth that will go flat in twelve years because of bovine flatulence and dinosaur gas. Never mind the facts. Ignore the machine behind the curtain yanking your chain. Follow the bouncing deflating ball into oblivion or is it hell? It is difficult to see a difference.

This world is filling fast with walking dead. Oh, they breathe and breed, they look ever much among the living, but they are dead, dead, dead just the same. They believe in nothing; the creed they blindly follow—crudely, since most can neither spell Nietzsche nor philosophy—is nihilism, “a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing,” nothing being the operative word.

Nietzsche loudly and passionately proclaimed, “God is dead!” and the dead rose up. Without God, they were free! Yet, they refuse to accept or comprehend that “free” is merely the price affixed to one’s dead head. They cannot see what free means is worthless or as near to it as a plug nickel.

Patrick Henry famously demanded, “Give me liberty, or give me death!” but what is liberty to the dead? Wake up America!

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

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: 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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