Common Sense Means Using Our God-given Senses Part Eight
on the insidious and satanic
Selling of Sodomy
to Society and Souls
The only way to stop the sodomite agenda from grabbing more souls into its sewer-soaked swamp of sin is to be acutely aware. The only way to be acutely aware is to sharpen one's senses by seeking to do God's will in all things. Makes sense!
"As sinners, we have all abused God's gift of our senses to varying degrees. Surrounded by a world that is increasingly devoid of God, it is easy to encounter sin through our senses and thus misuse and abuse their sacred purpose as intended by God. Being weak and fragile moral beings, we expose ourselves to a world whose primary target often is precisely our senses, almost as if they were the window to our minds, our thoughts, our hearts, and our souls. Much if not most of our sin begins at the level of our senses, so we might say that these beautiful gifts from God are the very front line at which our salvation and perdition battle daily."
In concluding this series on "The Selling of Sodomy" I would like to discuss our senses for they should be our first offering to God and it is Him Who we should always focus our senses on. Were we more focused in that direction, we would have fewer problems with the whole homosexual syndrome that has so poisoned society today. Every single person has each been given numerous gifts, talents, aptitudes, and abilities by God Almighty. Each of us is a unique combination of blessings from God, graces in various forms and amounts special to our own individual purpose, mission, and situation in life.
Although each person brings different and unique potential contributions to the table, we all begin with five basic gifts common to all…our senses.
Taken For Granted
It is obvious that we all take our senses for granted. Most of us do not stop and think what a wonderful privilege it is to wake and see the sun rising, hear the birds singing, feel the breeze on one's face, smell our favorite dish cooking, and taste that dish shortly thereafter. Yes, once in a while we hear of a blind or deaf person and mutter something about how lucky we are, but we approach that fact as some distant consideration that is far removed from our reality. Most of us see blindness, deafness, or any other loss of our senses in the same way we think of starving to death or being homeless, like some obscure tragedy whose possibility of happening is remote. Look at the current plight and campaign for Terri Schiavo.
Like all gifts, we have been given a lease on these blessings of sight, smell, taste, touch and sound. That lease can last our lifetime not through our merit, but through God Almighty's Will. Conversely, our lease on any of these gifts could end today without justifying any complaint on our part given the fact that we have been fortunate to be given those gifts at all and even for so long from our birth. As often happens with human nature, it is precisely that which we most take for granted that is the most important and central to our very being and existence.
In the case of Schiavo, you'll sense the same camps forming for and against parallel the same forces for and against the sodomy agenda and abortion. Coincidence? Not on your life. In fact, if we can see, smell, taste, feel, or hear right now, it is only because Our Lord wished it so. Ah, a natural reason from the Supernatural. But the sodomite agenda would turn the natural gift from the Supernatural into the unnatural.
As sinners, we have all abused God's gift of our senses to varying degrees. Surrounded by a world that is increasingly devoid of God, it is easy to encounter sin through our senses and thus misuse and abuse their sacred purpose as intended by God. Being weak and fragile moral beings, we expose ourselves to a world whose primary target often is precisely our senses, almost as if they were the window to our minds, our thoughts, our hearts, and our souls. Much if not most of our sin begins at the level of our senses, so we might say that these beautiful gifts from God are the very front line at which our salvation and perdition battle daily.
Not Our Property
Like all gifts from our Creator, our senses are not our property to do with as we please. That we do as we please with them is more a reflection of our weakness and sin than any right that we have over our senses. To the extent that we willingly or negligently sway from the proper purpose of our senses, we embrace sin and moral harm and endanger our salvation. When we use our senses as God intended and for the glory of God, we are not unlike loyal, conscientious managers entrusted with land who use that land for their master's gain. However, when we use our senses to satisfy our personal, selfish, and superficial appetite or agenda, we become trespassers on our Creator's property, squatters seeking rights that we do not have from privileges that we no longer deserve. Just as a car lent to you to attend a job interview becomes a car immorally taken when then used for joyriding or a long vacation trip, so too vision, hearing, smell, taste, and touch lent to us as tools to glorify God become weapons through which we betray God when improperly used. Such is the case with sodomy, abortion or euthanasia; as well as lust, gluttony, sloth, etc. We do not have the right to abuse our senses or anyone elses. Those pushing the sodomite agenda as well as the pro-abortion and now the fast-growing euthanasia campaigns fail to realize that.
Two Sides To Each Sense
Each of our senses has a sacred and sinister side, and it is up to each of us to foster the sacred and strive to expel the sinister as much as we can. We can either see suffering, poverty, illness, tragedy, injustice, or the opportunity to serve God or we can be blind to each of these calls to use our sight to glorify God Almighty and follow in Christ's example. If we so choose or if we allow our weak humanity to control us, we can use our sight to foster lust, impurity, jealousy, envy, anger, gossip, and materialism. As weak sinners, we have all done this from time to time. We can combat that sinister side of sight by fostering the sacred aspect of this great blessing. By reading sacred material, observing and meditating upon holy pictures and objects, and perceiving suffering and injustice as calls to act, we will be offering our sight back to He Who has blessed us with this wonderful gift. Likewise, we can hear only sinful, secular, selfish, and destructive things or we can listen to God's call for our lives. We can spend our time listening to immoral music or entertainment or listening to prayer, sacred readings, and the Word of God. In other words, God made us both pro-life and pro-choice. It is our choice to choose good or bad. It is the consequences of that decision that we have to live with and when we choose unwisely our senses should haunt us to fly back to God's good graces.
Sometimes things are perceived neither through our sight nor through our hearing but through our "smell" or ability to perceive what is not plainly visible or heard. Expressions like "something smells rotten in Denmark" or "this smells like trouble" attest to the fact that our sense of smell often allows us to perceive things not easily seen or heard. Like bloodhounds seeking a scent, we can either chase virtue or vice according to our disposition and desire. Likewise, we can foster moral "tastes" that guide us toward both our salvation and the salvation of others or those that drag us and others toward perdition. Finally, we can either have "the touch of Christ" in reaching others or we can serve as the hands of the devil bringing evil to a situation.
Though I have barely scratched the surface of this short series on "The Selling of Sodomy", I wanted to at least give you an inkling of what we're facing and how we can stop it. We must use our common sense to use our God-given senses for God's purposes, not our own selfish wants. When we do the latter, we always run into trouble. So, too, when society relies on the experts of political correctness it is always bad news. If we cue up our senses to be in line with what God intends, then we can smell the sin and flee from it; we can see the sin and avoid it; we can taste the bitter fruits and spit them out at the originator - satan himself; our sensitivities will hear the evil and drone it out with prayer and good works; and we can touch sinners by informing them of the sins in their midst and Our Lord's counsel to "Go and sin no more".
We have each been given senses through which we perceive the world around us, but there is much more to these gifts. If we "cultivate Christ" in our lives we will come to use our senses to find and apply Him to every situation we encounter. Conversely, if we play the devil's game we will likely use our senses to find perdition both for ourselves and those unfortunate enough to be dragged down with us.
We cannot help others or ourselves if we are bogged down in the quicksand. The only way to help others is if we are safely on the bank, free of the gurgling globs of sin that weigh us down and sink us into a comfort zone where we more easily give into our baser instincts and senses. Only anchored to Christ can we extend the branch of hope to others.
While Christ was capable of curing both the physical and the spiritual side of those He encountered, we normally cannot make the blind, deaf, dumb, and others so afflicted find their physical senses again. What we can do, however, is improve their spiritual sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell. The New Order is all about the abuse and misuse of our senses. It uses these wonderful gifts from God Almighty to betray that very same Creator. Truth and Salvation are all about returning these gifts to the One Who gave these blessings to us in the first place, and we do this by working to use every gift we have to bring honor and glory to God Almighty. Working in unison with God's will through prayer and truly Catholic action is the best way to shut down the sodomy agenda in striving to put satan out of business.
For Part One see I Told You So
For Part Two see Massachusetts Mania!
For Part Three see They Just Raised The Roof On Absurd Hypocrisy
For Part Four see From Mental Disorder to Legal Disorder
For Part Five see Divine Profiling and The Myth of Equality
For Part Six see "Gender Neutrality": The Fingerprints of Satan
For Part Seven see Why Stop Now?
Editor's Note: Heaven is once again under attack by those who would seek to ignore and overthrow God's majesty and authority. Gabriel Garnica, educator and attorney, submits regular insights and commentaries to remind and help guide readers toward a deeper and more assertive faith. Touching on topics and issues ranging from personal faith, doctrine, education, scripture, the media, family life, morality, and values, Gabriel's notes are music to traditional ears but unpleasant tones to those who have bought into the misguided notions so prevalent and spreading in today's Catholic world.