Rereading Mere Christianity – Another Update

As I have now declared to the universe, I am rereading Mere Christianity. While the entire book is quotable, I came across another one I thought worth sharing from today:

“Good and evil both increase at compound interest. That is why the little decisions you and I make every day are of such infinite importance. The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed of. An apparently trivial indulgence in lust or anger today is the loss of a ridge or railway line or bridgehead from which the enemy may launch an attack otherwise impossible.”

-C.S. Lewis

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An Unfortunate Graph

A recent Gallup poll highlights Americans’ current opinions on the moral acceptability of various practices. I’ll let the graph speak for itself after adding only two points

  1. 22% of Americans are registered Catholics and 71% of Americans are considered Christian…
  2. The order below is no coincidence. Widespread acceptance of artificial birth control paved the way for the two runners-up (as predicted by Bl. Paul VI, Humanae Vitae). In turn, widespread divorce and promiscuity promotes instability within society which leads to more risky or unfortunate practices.

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Why Are You Catholic?

“Why am I Catholic?” This is a question people should ask themselves. Some people that claim to be Catholic seem to have a particularly negative view of Catholic teachings. Outspoken publications like National Catholic Reporter (along with people who comment on their articles) often allude that the Church is stuck in the past and chauvinistic. Many of these people want the Church to somehow change natural law in order to accommodate their own self-serving behavior or feel-good ideas. To these people, I submit the following question: why are you Catholic then? There are plenty of Protestant denominations that would likely bend to your own will (and if not, you can just start your own!).

Jesus handing Peter the keys to His kingdom, which Protestants argue was simply just the executive bathroom
Jesus handing Peter the keys to His kingdom, although Protestants argue the keys simply opened His executive bathroom.

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The Relativist Mindset Must be Thwarted

“It’s their choice“. This is the cliché that my generation has been indoctrinated with. The loaded phrase is like a fail-safe from criticism. Once you make someone who was questioning a person’s decision or action aware of the fact that it was their choice (especially if the decision maker was a woman), everyone is immediately unable to criticize or even slightly question the action. It isn’t terminating a baby, it’s simply a woman’s right to choose. And if you are against abortion, you are against a woman’s choice. Like, gee, when you put it that way, maybe I should reconsider. When the pro-abortion crowd and other moral relativists realized just how effective this mantra was at shaming people into silence on their values, the slogan moved into every nook and cranny of our society. It has become a force field we erect around other people lest we come off as the preachy, “judgmental” person. Worse yet, we might someday be criticized for taking the same action ourselves, right?

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