My Thoughts

In this mad mad mad mad world, I find it both interesting and puzzling why no one has remarked on the appalling absence of a simple acronym. While one might consider it unintentional or merely unnecessary, the motive seems rather obvious and too suspect to be either. For one thing, the not-so-subtle reordering of the three word phrase speaks volumes, leaving little doubt that someone has recognized the obvious before anyone could dare encipher the acronym.

The three words are more than familiar, they have been around for a long, long time. They have become the catchphrase du jour of spineless politicians, weak-kneed academy administrations, and pusillanimous corporations, all claiming adherence to the progressive hierarchy of gods Diversitas, Inclusio, et Aequitate, commonly known in the vernacular as the gods of diversity, inclusion, and equity, or by the acronym which must not be named, DIE. Perhaps, that is why Aequitate is now enthroned between Diversitas and Inclusio. DEI is more appreciated by their imperious deity.

Personally, I find the small gods Meritum et Laborem (merit and hard work) to be more human, virtues gifted by the strong gods Vitam, Libertatem, et Beatitudinem Capessendam (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness) all, of course, endowed by the One God, the Creator of all things and the giver of life.

Vivere aut Mori (Live or DIE), which god do you serve?

Just my thoughts for a Saturday 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: 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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