Imagine the Love of God if…

    My daughter just finished a very special trip with her grandparents.  Ten days visiting Washington, D.C.; seeing godparents; enjoying some new clothes; but most of all enjoying a different vision of the world she lives in.  She learned a great deal about where she comes from on my side of the family.  My daughter lives a very virtuous life, and is a role model for me her Dad.  Her selflessness for living God’s law is impressive.  While she was gone though, her absence let me think about how God’s relationship with each of us in the story of the Prodigal Son.  This story is always about the tale of the two sons, but it also gives us a deep insight into the love of God for each of us.  

    In the previous excursions of my children with grandparents I never had a child who was at the age to explore life away from the family.  This time though, my daughter took a trek to the outstanding Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia.  There she met one possible destiny.  She saw shelves and shelves of great books.  She sat in classes where she had more of the Shakespeare memorization complete then the students (recent homework at Regina Caeli), and also experienced a class knowing she was not yet ready for it.  When she was done she found a great college, and felt it could be a home away from home for her.

   My young lady left, and seriously contemplated the next phase of her life.  Thankfully for me, her description of why included the statement “They really try to live out our Catholic faith there dad.”  In the story of the Prodigal son, however, the boy wanting to live in man’s world chooses to live by his own rules.  He leaves the father, and the father knows he may never come home.   This faithful father also realizes the son may also forfeit a home in heaven for his soul, and this fate would trouble the father even more than a failure to return to the family home. 

    When the father sees his son coming home repenting of his sins, he rejoices. He hugs and adorns his child with all he can.  While the physical return home is good, the father knows a repentant son will be with him forever in the paradise of heaven.  Since tradition teaches us the father is symbolizing God the Father, we know the human joy and love we see pales to the love God has for us.

    So when my daughter returned I rejoiced in having my faithful and true daughter in my care once again.  I also thought of the Father in the Prodigal Son.  Here a son, who was dead to him, returned home.  The son showed repentance, and demonstrated his embrace of the Lord’s ways.  If my joy was immense, I could only imagine the joy and love God poured forth into the moment when sinners come home.

    What an awesome God to believe in, and see reflected in natural law throughout history.

-ehw

Spunky

    At then end of a long day, when you just came inside from playing in the dirt with your brothers you just get SPUNKY!

    I love my kids….this is just all part of loving the moments on the high ground of life.

-ehw

Why Sacrifice to provide a Blue Knight experience for your son?

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   Running this Blue Knights group for my sons is the evangelization I can provide right now…it is the most I can do and a place where I am blessed to be assisted by other fathers devoted to the cause of evangelizing our children!

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Charity is not Justice

        “Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.”  St Augustine

     With this simple statement we can understand most of the dysfunction in the world arising from modernism and its variant philosophies.  

    The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines justice as “the moral virtue that consists in the constant and firm will to give their due to God and neighbor.”  Charity is the “theological virtue by which we love God above all things for his own sake, and love our neighbor as ourselves for the love of God.”  Giving what is due does not equal loving God and neighbor.

     When we think of justice in terms of God, we always come back to the words “thy will be done.”  God’s laws written out through out history in our scripture, traditions and even in the world itself through natural law show us his will for our interactions with society.  We know when we violate God’s will, our path diverges from his, and our ability to reach heaven impaired.  We also know this is when more difficulties arise in our personal lives because we cannot avoid consequence for bad actions.

    Yet how does this help us understand the dysfunction in the world today?  Modernism and its political family of socialism play each of us into believing charity equals justice.  Since each of us has a calling to be with God, Socialism politically plays on each of our desires to be good and give of ourselves to help others.  The devil is in the details of the political deal though.  

    Let us examine this through the eyes of parenting.  If parents allow a child to be mean to siblings, then provide a reward to the same child without reconciliation amongst the family, the child will never follow God’s will towards the siblings.  In this situation, the parents fail in two ways.  First, the child not working towards God’s will does not get a course correction.  Second the parents fail to protect their other children, possibly giving them occasion to fall into sinful thought or action in retaliation.   This would be a prime example of providing charity without justice in a family setting, which will eventually ripple out and affect the community at large.  

    Apply common sense, and look at where this applies to the larger world.  Countries, according the the CCC, have a duty to protect their indigenous population and culture.  If in the name of “charity” the country lets in millions of people in without vetting them, or protecting the indigenous population’s livelihoods, you encourage strife.  Strife in cultural change, economic threats, and physical security all exist in spades in an unchecked immigration policy.  This is because the leadership in both public and religious life led the population into the false belief blind charity and science can replace justice.

    “Charity is no substitute for justice withheld.”  St Augustine…what a simple way to begin a prudent examination of our daily choices…and how we should apply God’s love to the world in the setting of church, family and communal relationships.  As with everything under the sun…God’s wisdom is timeless.  It needs no revision, just evangelization in its original form.