Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Prophecy Fulfilled

I use a very old meditation book which I'm sure comes as no surprise to anyone who frequents this parish. There is no printing date but it was imprimatured on 5 June 1898 by Herbert Cardinal Vaughn. So the author hadn't even seen the 20th century yet, never mind the 21st, when he wrote this:

The result of breaking a fundamental law of society must be the ruin of society. If the due restraint of the spirit and of reason on human activities be withdrawn, there is nothing to prevent men from degenerating to the level of the brute creation. As soon as the laws of Christian marriage are relaxed, a general deterioration of morals follows: family life becomes corrupt, God-like love ceases, animal passion remains, but without the moderation which instinct teaches the irrational animals; the primal unity and stability are destroyed, and civilized society gravitates towards the promiscuity and anarchy of a horde of swine. The reaction on the general life of the community is rapid. Selfish lust becomes dominant, the influx of God's grace is stopped, wisdom is turned into folly, principle begins to waver, physical stamina declines, government becomes unstable, liberty is undermined, population falls off, the nation becomes enslaved to foreign or domestic foes, to financial rings and greedy adventurers. Pure family life based on Christianity is the only safeguard for the spiritual, moral and social welfare. "Oh, how beautiful is the chaste generation with glory: for the memory thereof is immortal: because it is known both with God and with men" (Wisd. iv. 1).

From Meditations on Christian Dogma, Vol. II, page 331, by the Right Rev James Bellord, D.D., Late Chaplain to H.B.M. Forces, Titular Bishop of Milevis. Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd. London.