Friday, May 18, 2007

All the ways of the Lord are mercy and truth. (Ps 24:10)

Here is a video of Anderson Cooper's interview with the nauseating Christopher Hitchens (atheist extraordinaire). I was amazed at how openly angry, hateful, and irrational he was while attacking a man (Jerry Falwell) who was dead and obviously unable to defend himself.

After seeing this video, I ran across another seemingly unrelated video. No doubt you've heard of Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church. They are "Christians" who picket the funerals of our fallen soldiers. Well they also decided it was their right/obligation to chime in on Jerry Falwell's death. They decided to make a music video to bring with them, as they get ready to go and picket Falwell's funeral.

(No, this is not a joke. Not sure if I even wanted to post it here.)

Now as repulsive as I find Christopher Hitchens' views and methods, I can see that his primary motivation is greed since his interview just so happens to coincide with the release of his new book.

But what can we say about Fred Phelps and the Westboro Baptist Church's motivation? To tell the world how much God hates them and their children? To spread the message of the malevolent God of Hate-and-Fear?

We are all sinners to be sure, but I don't think "God hates the world" was the Gospel message to be preached to all nations.

We are so lucky to have been given such a beautiful understanding of God's infinite justice and mercy by the Catholic Church.

Mortal sin is a radical possibility of human freedom, as is love itself. It results in the loss of charity and the privation of sanctifying grace, that is, of the state of grace. If it is not redeemed by repentance and God's forgiveness, it causes exclusion from Christ's kingdom and the eternal death of hell, for our freedom has the power to make choices for ever, with no turning back. However, although we can judge that an act is in itself a grave offense, we must entrust judgment of persons to the justice and mercy of God. (CCC 1861)

I thank God we serve a just AND merciful God.

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