Mind Over Matter

In my crusade against truthiness, I enlist the fine mind of Msgr. Pope from the Archdiocese of Washington DC:

Excerpt:

“There is a tendency in the modern age, at least in the Western world,  to trivialize the human person. One of the ways we do this is to say, in so many words, that it does not really matter what a person thinks or believes. All that matters is that they behave well. Hence if a person is a good citizen, pays his taxes, does not beat his wife, is kind to children and animals then it doesn’t matter what he believes. But this trivializes us since we were made to know the one, true God, to know the truth and, knowing this truth be set free (Jn 8:32). God’s plan for us is more than good behavior from some humanistic perspective. Rather he offers us a complete transformation, a new mind and new heart that is attained through personal knowledge and experience of him. Now all of this will surely affect our behavior but we must be clear that God is offering us something more than being nice in the sight of men and getting along with people.”

More here.

I had never considered that to deny the reality of truth is to “trivialize the human person. I just thought that to deny Truth or that there is good and evil, was against reason. Against logic.

Msgr. Pope brings a different dimension to  what is at the heart of the disagreement between progressive Christians and orthodox Christians.  Reason, the mind, is what distinguishes human beings from the rest of God’s earthly creatures.

“Thus, what a person thinks and believes DOES matter. In our hyper-tolerant times where tolerance is one of the few agreed upon virtues left, we want to brush aside the details. We are almost proud of ourselves as we affirm that people can think and believe whatever they want so long as they behave well. Well perhaps a person is free to think what ever they please but we are foolish if we think that this does not ultimately influence behavior. Our dignity is that we were made to know the truth and thus to know Jesus Christ who is the truth and the only way to the Father (Jn 14:6). Hence our dignity is not just an outer transformation but an inner one as well. In fact it is an inner transformation that most truly leads to an outer transformation.”

He includes scripture references, such as:

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Rom 12:2)

Do go read the entire post here.

About Susan Kehoe

I am the wife of a Catholic deacon living in Des Moines Iowa. My husband Larry was ordained in 2006. We have two children and five grandchildren.. Our daughter and her family live in Ireland, and our son and his family live in Franklin Massachusetts.
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