Lost and Confused

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Lost and Confused

I am frequently asked bout the current state of confusion in the world. And connected to that, the way forward. For many people the current state of things in secular and religious life have left many people in varying degrees of distress. We should not be surprised at this state of affairs as the secular and religious world have frequently abandoned long held norms and in some cases radically diverted from or divested themselves from these norms.

To be assured of stability in the midst of all this change takes a great deal of internal fortitude. We live in a world where we are disconnected from the larger community now, so when confronted by something uncomfortable we can no longer look to the “village” to see what is the current reaction and way forward. Since no one is pilloried for transgressing the rules in thought, word or action any longer then the alternative, for many, is to retreat into their home and soothe their disturbed equilibrium with music or television for several hours.

Because our society has become one in which individualism is lauded and held up as being the singular greatest means in all things, the ideas found in the dual heresies of indifferentism and relativism reach an unheard of level. Acceptance and toleration are no longer what they signified before this societal change and are now meant to be such that all thought and opinion must in fact be accepted by all rather than simply tolerated.

The upheavals begun during and after the First World War and then continued a generation later in the Second World War left the secular world radically transformed. And though many of the practices were condemned and found to be abhorrent in Nazi Germany, many of the same have become common place today with better “marketing”. Eugenics, sex-selection and abortion, euthanasia “of the unfit” as well as the old and dying.

The one rock that seemed to have survived all this twentieth century chaos and destruction was the Catholic Church which continued proclaiming the same truths it had always taught. It was only in the twenty years after the close of the last war that any modification was made to the Church to the dismay of many and delight of others.

What we need, or feel/think we need is a solid rock to rely on. And to some degree this is true. Faith carries us through many dark times. But we need to be sure what we put our faith in. So many people become disappointed with the people and organisations they believed in. “It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.” (Ps 118:8)

Today we are not afraid to say anything about what we disagree with. It is natural to be disappointed and we may rightly criticise those who have let us down. But we shouldn’t stay there. As I mentioned in the last post “Glass Full of Positive” we need to keep focussed on what continues to help us. It is only in this way that we become the influencers in our societies. In the military we were taught that if we were going to criticise then we had to have an alternative suggestion to offer.

Let us help those who may be confused in the chaos they find. Keeping a level head and always knowing what we believe and believe to be true will always help us to keep ourselves and others from despair.



Whatever motivates us, we need to (re)focus on so that we continue to do what is right and helpful in our world. We need the motivation so that we do not stop in the middle; we don’t give up. When we are motivated we have a better focus on the end goal. Be focussed and be motivated each day.

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Music and Liturgy, where is our inheritance?

Most of the music found in parishes today has not been reflective of the wishes of the Second Vatican Council, but have been introduced since 1970 into the Liturgy to match the new style of Mass and the vernacular languages through a poor understanding of the documents of the Council. The Second Vatican Council states clearly in Sacrosanctum Concilium (36 and 116) that Gregorian chant and the Latin language were to continue as before as the centre pieces of liturgical music of the Catholic Church.

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A Living Hope

Living hope is one that won’t end. A hope that sees us through the worst and one that appears even when not expected or prayed for. We need that hope to get us through life: those days ahead. It is very easy for despair to arrive when this shinning hope disappears. This we don’t want. So the belief in and trust in hope, a living hope is essential.

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