As we move into 2013, I wonder if we should rename the “Fiscal Cliff” the “Cliffs of Insanity” as in The Princess Bride. If you saw the movie, the characters mostly climbed up those cliffs, rather than crashing onto the rocks below. When they got to the top things were fine for a while–except for the kidnappers. Regardless of what the government does or doesn’t do, hopefully things will turn out OK.
2012 had enough insanity but through it all, Faith and Reasons tried to offer a rational response–with the help of priests and theologians who generously offered their expertise and reviewed the posts.
I’ve put together some of this blog’s highlights from the year, trying to keep each of them at about tweet-length. They’re in order of appearance; if you want to read more, click on “older posts.”
May God bless you in the New Year and keep you away from the cliff.
Grace vs. Karma: Grace is God’s free gift of help offered when we need it while karma is payback for good or bad actions in this or a past life.
Conscience is our “secret core and sanctuary” where God has inscribed a law calling us to love and do what is good, and avoid evil.
Satan isn’t responsible for all evil–we contribute some through our wrong choices–but he brings intelligent direction to evil tendencies and forces.
Natural Law: a human instinct given by God, which when understood through right reason, calls for using things in accord with their nature.
Confession: The sacrament is valid if we’re truly sorry for our sins, confess grave sins or some venial sins, and perform the penance the confessor gives.
Ordaining will vs. permissive will: God’s ordaining will is His holy plan. His permissive will is what He allows through our free will, the laws of Nature and the actions of angels and demons.
Complementarity in marriage: Man and woman are “two reciprocally completing ways of being a body.” In marriage they enrich and give each other the positive influence of the opposite sex.
Fruitfulness in marriage: Because fruitfulness is at the core of love, a husband and wife’s sexual union creatively overflows beyond itself, physically or spiritually.
Marriage and Society: The interest of the Church and society in protecting the biological family “cell” is for the well-being of children and the entire nation.
Church and State: The Church’s position on social questions comes from our moral conscience; she addresses them with a view to promote the common good.
Truth, beauty and goodness are the chief attributes of God. The more we seek them, the more godly we become.
The Other Immaculate Conception: Our Lady shares the name “Immaculate Conception” with her spiritual spouse, the Holy Spirit, who lives in her and makes her fruitful.