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Postcards from Heaven Part II

August 31, 2010
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As I was saying, I don’t understand how anyone can live without a center of being.

The late Father Viktor Frankel, a Jew who converted to Catholicism after surviving the death camps, later wrote a classic, entitled Man’s Search for Meaning.

I read it in college and never have forgotten that he wrote of man’s existential vacuum.

His main point was that we all have an emptiness that has to be filled with something.

Bishop Fulton J. Sheen used to say that the human heart is anatomically not like its renditions on St. Valentine’s Day or it those little heart candies that I can’t eat any more.

No, there is actually a small missing piece that seems to be preventing it from being a perfect heart shape.

Sheen says that this missing piece is what drives us to search for the meaning in our lives.

God withheld that small piece so that we would find another peace in Him.  His love and grace would show us the way but we still had to seek Him.

People look in all the wrong places to fill up the emptiness they feel inside.

Since nature abhors a vacuum, many people fill their emptiness with science, sex, food, drugs, alcohol, work or even esoteric religions.

We just saw the movie, Eat, Pray and Love, based on a book of the same name. The author Liz Gilbert filled her emptiness with tons of pasta, Hindu meditation and a love affair.

Despite their protests, atheists also have to fill theirs with something, which means they do have a god.  

Unfortunately it is probably their own egos.

That becomes a primordial itch that is impossible to scratch.

With regard to my natural arguments of finding God, atheists might offer the Muskox as an example of God’s mistake  or the imperfections of nature.

While I admit that this hardy beast, which can only be found in the tundra regions of the Arctic, Greenland, Alaska and northern Canada, looks like he had been assembled by a committee, I found that he a fascinating natural wonder.

The Muskox has an undercoat that it sheds periodically that is used in beautiful sweater that belie its lack of nature beauty

A Heavenly undercoat

As for human beings, I do not know how anyone can look at the face of a child and not see God.

I often look into a little  child’s keen, fresh eyes that are trying to see and absorb everything around them and I hear a prayer telling me that this is the purity and innocence that we will all return to someday.

The face of God

This is God’s way of telling us that the ways of the world, the notorious City of Man has as its major goal and that is the destruction of the innocence in those eyes before me.

Notice how many crimes are directed against small children.

Notice how Planned Parenthood and others try to seduce our children into premature sexual behaviors that will not only rob them of their innocence but turn them into hard, angry teenagers, dressed in gothic black that almost looks as if they have traveled over to the dark side.

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On the darker side

I have had very little personal experience with atheism.

When I had a regular radio program on WGNU, one of my most memorable callers was a man who sometimes used the handle of Gunboy Jim.

Jim was very bright, more of a library-educated philosopher who proudly proclaimed his atheism.

Ardently pro-abortion, he would come up with the most creative arguments that justified in his mind a woman’s right to choose to kill her unborn child.

One time in the 1980s in an off-air phone conversation he said that abortion was a noble act.

So great was my visceral reaction that I could not restrain my contempt for him and his ideas.

I think part of my visceral reaction stems for my great love and respect for women.

They are to me the most beautiful part of God’s creation.  Beautiful women have inspired artists and writers for 1000s of years.

Of Helen of Troy, Edgar Allan Poe said she was so beautiful that her face launched a thousand ships.

Zooey Deschanel

Thank Heaven for...

Despite my rage, Jim continued to call and challenge me.  He made me a much better talk show host.  I eventually put away my anger and tried to understand him and his atheism.

I realized that he was my neighbor and he needed something more than my righteous indignation.

One time in an e-mail he casually mentioned how he had been doing the dishes and the housework for his mother who had been seriously ill.  I told him in a near apologetic tone that what he was doing was the work of sainthood.

I was taken back when he thanked me for seeing some good in him. I told Jim I would pray for him. He continued to call and write me.

Still of Amy Adams in Charlie Wilson's War

A 1000 years of inspiration

 

Jim was a seeker, who wanted to know and understand the reality of life but had been looking in all the wrong places.  His vacuum was still empty and his restlessness showed it.

I keep thinking that if he could see some of these postcards from Heaven, or better still the real thing, he would open his heart to God’s beauty and ultimate truth.

I haven’t heard from him in a long time.

I have a gut feeling he already knows that there really is a God who loves him.

Whatever the case I continue to pray that he has found that inner peace or what Bishop Fulton J. Sheen called peace of soul.

Like Jim all the militant atheists in this country also need our prayers.


Postcards from Heaven Part I

August 23, 2010
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I think I was studying at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs elementary school in the 1950s, when I first learned of the Church militant.

That’s a phrase that Catholics do not hear at all today because we are all members of the kinder, more gentle church.

What we do hear today is a ferocious gang of self-described atheists who are on the march and they seem to be even more militant than Catholics were in the 1950s.

Atheists used to be content to stay in their closet.

The closet was where society stored behaviors, attitudes and dark secrets that it had to tolerate but could never recognize as part of mainstream culture.

Unfortunately that is not the case today.

Western Civilization has been so rocked by the events of the past 50 years that it will not be too long before its traditionalists–I include myself in that group–will be forced into our own closet where we can keep our hate speech to ourselves.

Atheists seem to be everywhere and they are doing their level best to thwart any notions of God.

I have always wondered that if there is no God why do they care in anyone else believes in a deity?  Is it any of their business?

Like their forebears from the French Revolution they see the Church as an institution founded on unreason and superstition.

I it their mission in life to chase such foolish ideas as religion and God from the public marketplace?  Who gave them that right?

One of their godless priests is Sam Harris.  In his 2004 book, The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Religion, Harris takes more of an apocalyptic approach.

He believes that people must renounce religious faith, or it will mark the end of civilization, conveniently ignoring the destruction of over 175 million people at the bloody hands of atheistic governments during the 20th century.

The presumptive bishop of this priesthood of unbelief, which is waging a take-no-prisoners war on faith and its believers, is Christopher Hitchens, the author of What’s So Good about God?

His anger must be a trial for his more conservative brother, Peter.

According to a recent article in the NY Times, Hitchens appears to be dying of throat cancer but to date remains unwilling to summon God.

I assume that as his foxhole of death gets closer, he might want to reconsider his eternal options. I pray that he will.

Once the ego gets ahold of a man’s view of religion it is very difficult for him to cross over.  They view such a transition as a denial if self

I think part of this problem with atheism started with Charles Darwin and his The Origins of the Species.

I wont go into a complete refutation of his theory of evolution but we must NEVER forget his idea is a theory that scientists could replace tomorrow.

No one discovered it in a laboratory…only reasoned to by some of Darwin’s personal observations.

Personally I think the whole idea of random evolution is unprovable, irrational and not worthy of any serious consideration.

It is also dehumanizing and has on its political agenda–and don’t think for a minute that Darwinists are not hip-deep into politics–the reduction of human beings to lowers primates.

I do not know or understand how people can live without God or deny His presence.

My recent trip to the Canadian Rockies, especially Lake Louise was like a walk in one of God’s natural churches.

I do not understand how someone could look at the majestic beauty of this natural formation, with its rainbow of colors and its snowy peaks and not see the hand of His creation.

I took the following pictures that to me were like postcards from Heaven.

A postcard from Heaven

I also think evolutionary theory is also anti-intellectual.

It is a silly act of irrationality to say that this just happened. While Charles Darwin was not an atheist, his theory of evolution later became the adopted intellectual child of atheists around the globe.

An accident of nature?

I have written that liberals were mentally ill–perhaps this is just another such manifestation.

I just wonder what they say to themselves when they see these magnificent wonders of God’s handicraft.

Do they ever marvel in the awe of nature and shout the joys of wow?

Do their hearts leap up or sink to the earth?  Do they sing praises to evolution or to Darwin?  Or maybe they sing high hosannas to their Big Bang?

If so doesn’t that make them their little gods?

Years ago I saw the most beautiful animal I have ever seen in my life–a Bengal tiger at the St. Louis zoo.  I remember being close enough to pet him but prudence won out over curiosity.

A noble beast in his Eden

The animal had the most alluring combination of raw power, natural beauty and regal presence.

I ventured back to the zoo this year and to my disappointment there was no Bengal tiger, just a few amurs from China.

Such beautiful animals raises the question about how people can look at the animal kingdom, and not reason to a higher power than themselves.

Surely the PETA people must feel his presence when they do all sorts of weird things on their behalf.

Or maybe not!  In effect in their delusional efforts to raise animals up to man’s level by giving them rights they actually lower man to the level of an animal.

Would You Rather Go Naked?

Raising animals to man's level?

They seem more interested in showing their natural beauty than appreciating the scenic wonders of God’s animal kingdom.

People like that must have some great hole in their hearts.

They remind me of a book I read in college that addressed this emptiness that has to confound those people without a scintilla of belief.

For more on this, look for: PART II


About author

After graduating from Holy Cross, Bill Borst earned an MA in Asian History from St. John's University and a Ph.D in American History from St. Louis University. (1972) A former New Yorker, he taught for many years in the St. Louis area, while also hosting a weekly radio show on WGNU from 1984-2006. He currently is a regular substitute for conservative Phyllis Schlafly on KSIV radio. (1320) He is the author of two books on social history, "Liberalism: Fatal Consequences," and "The Scorpion and the Frog: A Natural Conspiracy." He just retired as the Features editor of the Mindszenty Foundation Monthly Report. In his 11 years from 2003-2013 he wrote nearly 130 essays on Catholic culture and world affairs. Many in St. Louis also know him as the "Baseball Professor," because of a course that he offered at Maryville College from 1973-74. It was arguably the first fully-accredited baseball history course in the Midwest.The author of several short books on the old St. Louis Browns, he started the St. Louis Browns Historical Society in 1984. In 2009 his first two plays were produced on the local stage. "The Last Memory of an Ol' Brownie Fan," ran six performances at the Sound Stage in Crestwood and "A Perfect Choice" ran for two performances at the Rigali Center Theater in Shrewsberry. His third play, "A Moment of Grace," ran six performances at DeSmet High School in January of 2011with First Run Theater in January of 2011. He is currently working on a 4th play, "A Family Way," which is a comedy about a happy dysfunctional family. He can reached at bbprof@sbcglobal.net

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