Catholic Fundamentalism has been posting Daily Columns for nearly ten years. Recently, this one popped up as an all-time favorite. I enjoyed re-reading it and hope you do, as well:
Catholics live in bubbles. Catholics are bubbles.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
Trying to be a good Catholic keeps us from many popular activities. We are not encouraged to be involved in falsehood and are told to “avoid the near occasions of sin”.
Few frauds on earth have been as expensive as public education. Yet, there are Catholics working in that, and other fraud-ridden systems not ordinarily thought to be criminal in nature.
As the Catholic views such occupations, he cannot help but see elements of fraud. Yet, we are not all called to be monks and nuns.
How do we live in such a fraud? We don’t. We live in a bubble. We move into our small sphere of activity, accompanied by our guardian angel, and we strive mightily to do our best, where we are, without denying God or hurting others.
If we are in an organization with elements of corruption, we must, as Jesus said, “be content with our pay”. We must not steal, take bribes, or do wrong.
If our bubble breaks, we may destroyed in the collapse. Scientists say that when the surrounding pressure causes bubbles to collapse that the collapsing bubbles produce so much energy that sometimes they emit sound and light.
When our bubbles burst, the Devil hears and laughs triumphantly at the collapse. Jesus hears, and weeps.
Countless angels, saints, and saved souls want us to preserve our souls. Turn to them in adversity. Their ever-bright bubbles swirl around the Throne of God in endless, coruscating waves.
Oh, to be one of them and not a burst bubble, disappearing into the abyss.