The Compendium Of The Social Doctrine Of The Church explains that “Jesus’ followers are called to live like him and, after his Passover of death and resurrection, to live also in him and by him, thanks to the superabundant gift of the Holy Spirit, the Consoler, who internalizes Christ’s own style of life in human hearts” (29).
I think one of the gravest misuses of God’s name in American culture is the widespread habit of using it trivially to express excitement, astonishment or incredulity. All these are a sign that one lacks a deep, loving respect for the Tripersonal God.
Presently, we live in an anti-law, exaggerated-freedom culture. What do I mean by this? It’s not so much that we Americans see civil or criminal law as a problem, rather it’s that many Americans are often dismissive of the moral law, and view it as an oppressive, burdensome freedom-killer.
A disordered view of freedom has arisen in America since the 1940’s and 50’s promoting a freedom without limits. This new, depraved view of freedom demands a system of “rights” that, ultimately, violate the dignity of the human person and labor to dismantle society. It’s become man for man, not man for the love of God.
In today’s gospel (Mk 10:1-12), Jesus answers a pointed question from the Pharisees regarding the permanency of marriage and the possibility of divorce. The answer he gives was as countercultural then as it is now.