If Christianity Makes Sense

Those who, like me, aren’t the youngest anymore must have noticed how different modern Western societies are from the ones in which they grew up. In my case, the difference is even more noticeable, because coming from Italy I have experienced a bigger “jump” to the modern British society than one born here would experience.

It seems to me that Heatenism has now become mainstream, and that heathenish behaviour is considered normal by many of those who consider themselves, otherwise, Christian. The examples are too many to mention, from open and public premarital sex without even a hint of shame, to cohabitation, to open “celebration” of perversion, to open approval of abortion.

The young woman carelessly impregnated by a careless man is not ashamed anymore. She expects your support and approval as “single mother”. Actually, she will often expect money, too. The young colleague will tell you that he is “moving in” with his “girlfriend”, and the fact that the very thought would have horrified his grandmother does not enter his mind. Acquaintances will talk to you of their “gay friend” as if this were something vaguely amusing, very modern, and showing a great degree of “openness” and “tolerance”, XXI Century’s cheapest fare. Add to this the less public, but very real, massacre of children. 

I could go on. You get the drift.

Now, this is exactly the behaviour that you would expect in, and used to read about, heathen societies. No shame, superstition as faith or no faith at all, cruelty to the weak, everyone as he likes it.

One must wonder, then. How were those heathenish societies of old treated by Our Lord? How many managed, do you think, to be saved? And why would a society that chose to forget Christianity be treated less harshly than a society who did not know it?

Can we really lull ourselves in the fluffy thinking that God, in the end, will be the Awfully Nice Guy In The Sky and save pretty much everyone, from Raul Castro to the activist feminist with three abortions her own? If this is so, what does “mortal sin” mean anymore? Why two thousand years of Christianity? Why evangelisation, proselytism, missionary work? Either all that was entirely wrong, or what is wrong is the Awfully Nice Guy In The Sky stuff.

No. If Christianity makes sense, there must be a big difference between a Christian and a Heathenish society. It cannot be simply a matter of nuances, and it cannot be that “nice types” are saved merely… because we like to think so. If Christianity makes sense, great will be – bar epochal changes – the number of the damned around you: those whom you are just observing now in the bus, the train, the office, or the cinema.

If most of those living in a shockingly heathenish, but oh so nice (not to aborted children, of course) society are saved, Christianity does not make any sense and we can relax thinking that The Great Guy has lied to us for some awfully smart reason of his own, and he will take care that we are all fine in the end. But then we cannot relax even in this case, because in this case God has lied to us, and I would find the idea, beside blasphemous, terrifying.

Again, no. Christianity makes sense, and there is no way you can imagine a world where it doesn’t, and you aren’t in big trouble. Therefore, one must conclude that – bar an epochal change – we live surrounded by a great number of reprobates. A terrifying, but a very logical thought.

How do we react to this? In the only way we can. Praying for everyone, even those in most need of God’s mercy, and caring everyday for our soul and for the soul of those we love; so that, in the great shipwreck I seem to observe if I look back to my youth and compare that world with my present one, we can at least help ourselves to reach a rescue boat, and manage to heave on it other poor souls, and as many as we can of those we love most.

I look at the people around me and cannot escape the thought: if Christianity makes sense, very many of these – hopefully excluding yours truly – will be damned. If most of them are saved anyway, and there are no real consequences for living a heathenish life, then Francis is right, Christianity has been pretty useless these two thousand years, is certainly almost irrelevant for salvation and only good, at most, to improve one’s quality of life in the “joy” of a salvation that will come anyway, for pretty much everyone.

If Christianity makes sense, the reality around us is simply terrifying: a multiple nuclear explosion in instalments waiting to happen, and making more victims among souls than all wars in the history of humanity caused in loss of lives.

We, my dear reader, register this obvious consequence of Christian thinking with a renewed effort to save our own soul, and to do what we can to heave our beloved ones – and those we do not know, too – in the rescue boat with us. Terrifying as the thought of mass punishment is, we know the Lord does everything right, nor can we say we have not been warned.

Let us pray more, and better. Let us stay near to the Sacraments. Let us not relent in our effort. Let us not become complacent in the thinking that “we will be fine”.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Its absence must, therefore, be the height of stupidity.


Posted on May 14, 2015, in Traditional Catholicism. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. There are two mortal sins: racism and homophobia.
    You’re welcome 😉

  2. So much is coarsened. The body piercings and tattoos are so out of control. Breast augmentation among female family and work colleagues is ubiquitous–huge breasts in your face everywhere. Sex is a commodity and many women feel they gotta get some huge ones to compete with the porn stars. I’ve heard woman say this, actually. With pornographic Victoria’s Secret peddling the accoutrements of wild sex in everyone’s mailbox, there’s no escape.

    Slovenly dress at Mass–and so many obese Catholics with dripping muffin tops over the waistline, snarky themed tees, flip flops and the wretched polyester pants on the old ladies. Few women wear dresses to Mass and if they do, they often are low cut, micro-mini or skin tight. And the increasingly empty pews at the NO Masses because the power to entertain diminishes yearly in our tech-saturated age.

    The cult of the dog is increasingly sickening too. Now there is refrigerated pet food. Aisle upon aisle of pet food, clothing and toys while the infant goods departments are shrinking. Catholic couples contracepting and calling their dogs their children. And stupid “grandparents” buying into this madness.

    The glorification of sports with the cult of personality that goes with it and the ignoring of the Sabbath to engage in spectatorship are testament to the bread and circuses world we live in.

    Methinks only some great supernatural chastisement will get the culture back to the reality of our dignity as children of the Father who deserves His due.

  3. You have clearly articulated my growing alarm which has been with me for more than 20 years! Behaviours which were so far from acceptance in my youth that they were only whispered about behind hands are now considered normal. I have been saying for years that our society now can be accurately compared with Sodom and Gomorrah. God showed us exactly how His displeasure looks. We need to be very aware of how that all panned out. Prayers for the conversion and repentance of self and loved ones must be our purposefull primary focus .

  4. mariachristina9

    Wonderful essay, Mr. M! I agree that the world is becoming more pagan. The best we can do for ourselves, and to encourage those we love to do, is keep the faith and the commandments, pray, stay close to the sacraments, and read scripture. Two quotes come to my mind: Pope Francis on Nov. 26, 2014 “It is beautiful to think of this, to think of Heaven. And we will all meet there. All of us…up there…all of us.”
    And from Our Lord Jesus Christ “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” Matthew 7:13-14. I know who I believe.

  5. That is a very profound and moving reflection…thank you

  6. I rarely post anything on Facebook, but I posted this writing of yours. I am willing to defend the Faith to family or anyone, but my mind seems to go blank when put on the spot. My Mom was not like me, and I wish I had inherited her understanding. Please excuse me for using your words to express my beliefs. I will pray to be able to see things more quickly than I currently do. Thank you for this excellent post.

  7. Satan is in power over vast swathes of society and in the Church. Those who speak and uphold the objective moral truths are being relentlessly and shamelessly persecuted. Please pray for Ireland who is under fierce attack by Satan and his minions. Please pray for the defeat of the wicked proposal to create “same sex marriage” on Friday, 22nd. Blessed Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle . . .

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