A Woman's Night To Choose|
In this era of initials and acronyms as identifiable nouns from NOM to SUV to GPS, they have only to remember one: IHS. It stands for the Holy Name of Jesus Who, as the God-Man, relied on the cooperation of one chosen from all time by God to be free of all sin so that Emmanuel would have a fitting, perfect and pure Tabernacle for nine months before "the moment when the Son of God was born of the Most Pure Blessed Virgin Mary at midnight, in Bethlehem in the piercing cold." In that hour we should all readjust our GPS systems to reflect the true meaning: God Positioning Souls. If we choose to obey and work with Him rather than against Him, then, just as He guided the Magi by the Star of Bethlehem, so also He will navigate us safely through to our ultimate destination of Heaven. If we decide we know better and go it alone in the darkness of the world, the flesh and the devil, by insisting that it's a woman's right to choose, then we also will suffer the inevitable consequences: Getting lost...as in forever!
"Jesus came to this world amid rejection, arrogance and selfishness and sacrificed His life in the same environment. Despite this, He is there for us to choose, to follow and to love. That Star in Bethlehem represents that choice, that destination and that very love. As we approach that Star yet again, we should recall that it all began with a Woman's Night to Choose God above all else. Likewise, Christmas represents each soul's night to choose The Almighty above all else, no exceptions."
I have heard the phrase so many times that it has made an imprint in my brain, although not a voluntary or even pleasing one at that. We are bombarded with the words "a woman's right to choose" as a pathetic pretext to out-Herod Herod's most despicable crime, the murder of the innocents at the altars of convenience, insecurity and arrogance. As we once again approach the Star of Bethlehem and the Virginal Birth of the Word Made Flesh Jesus Christ, Second Person of the Most Blessed Trinity, we should wonder and carefully scrutinize if this society has the right choice, the right technology or even the right to pretend that it has moved an inch toward that Star or beyond the human darkness which that Star pierced on that holiest of nights.
The peddlers of this society's evil will spew notions of personal choice, personal freedom and privacy imbedded in a Constitution so twisted and warped by human corruption that it barely resembles its original form, though even in that state it had a very subliminal anti-Catholic bent in the refusal to mention the Son of God by name. More evil and sin is justified by drivel of choice today than that which was present in Bethlehem on that fateful night.
The Almighty has given us free choice to accept His loving Hand or brush it away, to free ourselves from the chains of sin and selfishness or to wrap those chains ever tighter, and to look beyond ourselves to others and further still to a God Who Alone should be our goal. Despite this loving freedom to return to Our Creator as pilgrims battle-tested in a world of sin, more often than not we decide to test the tempting waters of that sin in hopes of finding happiness without our God, as if that were possible.
Our Blessed Mother made simple, humble choices in those days. She accepted God's Will and Plan first from an Angel then on that Sacred Night when Jesus Christ came to us as God from that First Tabernacle that was The Blessed Virgin. Her choices may not seem easy by this world's standards, yet they were very simple to make by Heaven's measure, for they were made with only one standard...God.
How much more difficult choices seem to this society whose only measure is self. Much is made about personal choice and freedom yet no society has made such a mockery of choice and such a sham of personal freedom than this one where arrogant fools proclaim freedom and autonomy while shackled in the chains of sin and selfishness. It is all about choices made, and as we approach that Star once again we must consider what choices we have made and whether those choices have brought us closer or farther from the only Choice that matters...God Almighty.
The First GPS
Global Positioning System technology, more commonly known as GPS, is making it easier than ever to find stolen cars, track down lost pets or get directions to destinations. Increasingly, people are looking to technology to tell them where they have been, where they are, who they are and where they are going. Tragically, this technology only makes it easier for evil ones to track people and, in the long run, intoxicates us with the delusion that we are going in the right direction at all.
That Star in Bethlehem is the only GPS that should matter to us. No, not Global Positioning but, rather, God Positioning should be what matters to us. Our eternal fate depends little on how we position ourselves with regard to this earth. Rather, that fate is very linked to how we position ourselves with regard to Heaven. Finding stolen cars, lost pets or distant destinations matter little in the eternal scheme of saving our souls. I would rather lose everything I have or find myself lost to this world and be with God than have everything and feel well positioned in this world and be without Him.
Sadly, the more we depend on technology to give us our fix of comfort and happiness, the more enslaved we become in sin and selfishness. The more we need modern gadgets to take us where we want to go, the more lost we will be from where we should be going. Bethlehem and its Star are not found in any GPS gadget but in the souls, hearts and minds of those whose eyes only search for God.
Far Worse Than Herod
This society makes Herod look like a cub scout. He murdered innocent boys in a small town to keep his pathetic grasp on some throne whose hold he was destined to lose eventually no matter what. Today we see millions of innocent children murdered in the womb by a society hoping to keep its pathetic grasp on some twisted notion of personal choice and freedom that merely masks blatant evil, arrogance and selfishness.
Worse still, we see imbeciles pretend that such barbarism could ever be consistent with God's Will. We see cowards posing as political and religious leaders give lip service to speaking up for and saving those innocent victims. For all of its pretence of modernism, enlightenment and civil order, this society has merely become a hypocritical sham, a moral chaos pretending to be the hint of a civilized people. In truth, no darkness that pervaded the walls of Bethlehem could have ever surpassed the moral darkness that seeps through this society that pretends to have the moral standing to ever speak out against violence, evil or injustice while demonstrating those very wrongs against the most innocent.
They say that the devil feels great discomfort in the Presence of God, in the fixed focus of the sacred and in the sound of the Holy. In fact, we may argue that the intensity of such discomfort may indeed be the measure of the intensity of the evil that feels it. Given this reasoning, how evil must this society be that increasingly feels great discomfort in the Presence of its God, that chooses to look away from the Sacred and that mocks the Holy with impunity.
Jesus came to this world amid rejection, arrogance and selfishness and sacrificed His life in the same environment. Despite this, He is there for us to choose, to follow and to love. That Star in Bethlehem represents that choice, that destination and that very love. As we approach that Star yet again, we should recall that it all began with a Woman's Night to Choose God above all else. Likewise, Christmas represents each soul's night to choose The Almighty above all else, no exceptions.
Let us offer to serve our God every moment of our lives in as many ways that we can, and let us willingly divert some of that discomfort, disrespect and disdain that a sinful society feels against its God to ourselves. In the end, is not serving God merely taking some of a sinful world's stones in His Holy Name?
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.