A question has vexed Christian minds ever since the coming of Christ into the world. The Apostles themselves struggled with this question, as we can see in the pages of the New Testament. As we begin a new year, it is a question for us, too: Now that the New and eternal Covenant has been established, why does history continue as it did before?
Many of the early Christians assumed that the Lord would return in glory during their earthly lifetimes. But He did not. At the turning of the first millennium, many, many Christians thought history would end. But it did not. At the turning of the second millennium, most of us were worried about our computers. History did not end. It continues apace. Why?
Let us recall the reality at the heart of history. Our First Parents were established in peace, happiness, and the prospect of everlasting friendship with God. They sinned, and history began at odds with the Creator: out of harmony, marred by evil.
A lot of us have heard the canard: “The Catholic Church has a hang-up when it comes to sex.”
If you hear this while you are on your way out the door to Mass today, just smile patiently.
You are no prude. You are on your way to celebrate one of the Church’s biggest feast days, the day when a man and his wife had sex, and the world was changed forever.
We are not afraid of the way God made us, male and female. We say that it is good for men and women to get married and make babies.
The peddlers of the contraceptive culture of death–they are the prudes. Their stratagems try to turn sex into something shameful.
Sexual sin is shameful, sure enough. But the Church does not have feast days for sins, and today is the feast day of the conception of a baby.
Today is the day when God, St. Joachim, and St. Ann–together–gave us our Lady. She was conceived the old-fashioned way. God made a new Garden of Eden in St. Ann’s womb. The baby was pure from the first moment of her tiny, beautiful existence!
…continuing with the P&BD theme of telling it like it is, here is a Chris Cooley quote for you:
“We just sucked. Right now we suck as an offense.”