August 20, 2010

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Use the language of love in society

The Bible depicts the serpent as more subtle than any beast. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus said, “Behold, I am sending you like sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and simple as doves” (Mt 10:16).

Within the expansive growth of our “culture of death,” language is effectively used to beguile the populous. It is rather difficult to know what virtually anyone is actually meaning by what they say.

Scholars of the devil are using the rise and fall of the human condition to befuddle the mind by making it think a lie is a truth and a truth is a lie. They hide their true intent behind ambiguous terms that cloak a pernicious ulterior motive.

They call marriage a right, and it is not. They label abortion a “reproductive health service,” and it is not. They cite “hedonism” as the supreme reason for living, and it is not.

They use sensationalism to trump reason and identify the Church as the greatest obstacle to human progress, and she is not.

These “scholars of the devil” slither their way into the consciousness of the people through the usage of words—words that may seem innocuous but carry great gravity in defining legislation and directing the course of civilization.

Christians are called by our Lord and Savior to be shrewd as serpents (i.e. creative, innovative), yet too often we have been less than effective in the use of enchanting didactic expressions to get our point across. We, too, often come across as anachronistic.

Let us “lock and load” by using the language of love to penetrate the hardness of the heart.

- Kirth N. Roach, Order of Carmelite Discalced Secular Indianapolis

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