the distortion of discernment—I think we call it fear

“. . . we are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil,
death and life, the “culture of death” and the “culture of life”.
We find ourselves not only faced with but necessarily in the
midst of this conflict: we are all involved and we all share in it,
with the inescapable responsibility of choosing to be unconditionally

(Evangelium Vitae)
Pope John Paul II

(detail of a painting I did 11 years ago/ Julie Cook)

According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of distortion is:
the act of twisting or altering something out of its true, natural,
or original state

The definition of discernment is:
the quality of being able to grasp and comprehend what is obscure

After reading Oneta’s post yesterday over on Sweet Aroma, I was moved
in wanting to echo her thoughts regarding her topic Roe v Wade and the
near cataclysmic and apocalyptic affect the notion of a new Supreme Court justice,
who happens to be a practicing Catholic and mother to seven, is having on the
Democratic party and those who are ardent Pro-Choice supporters.

Here is the link to Oneta’s post

The entire fiasco taking place in this very public and radically vicious and divisive
confirmation hearing over the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett is not based
on the merit of her time spent in court nor of the legal training or arduous education
she labored over in order to become a lawyer and judge, but rather,
it is over one simple thing…that thing, being fear.

It is the fear that a legal precedent determined in a court case in 1973 will be
automatically reversed.
As in POOF…should she be appointed to the bench, the henny penny folks
are thinking that suddenly a ruling from 1973 becomes null and void.

It doesn’t work that way folks.

Yet it is fear that is driving this train.
Fear for and over both life and death.

I thought I’d google quotes for the phrase “the sanctity of life”

One would think that Goodreads or even brainyquote, two of the top sites when one
is searching for a quote, would have tons of good quotes…but oddly
both had a mere handful—mostly obscure, a smattering of the well known, and
several of those in favor of population control.

I did not see the quotes by those who I knew in the past had spoken out very strongly
on that very thought.
And if memory serves me well, I had found those quotes among those very sites in past years.

My number one thought being Pope John Paul II…Mother Teresa coming in second.
I had to go back and google quotes by JPII just to find his words
on the subject…and find them I did.

I am still baffled by those who call themselves Catholic in faith and yet defend and even
promote the very idea of abortion…
How can you call yourself a Catholic and voice support for things that
are totally opposed to the tenents of your faith?

Or how can you call yourself a Christian and support the things that are
totally opposed to the command of God?

Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden are two that come to mind.
Catholic in name only—and if I recall, such a person is usually not
allowed to receive Holy Communion—for to oppose the doctrine of the Church
is to cut one’s self from the Chruch.

The following are a few of Pope John Paul’s thoughts regarding the
sactity of life—both for the unborn as well as for the dying.

“A society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members;
and among the most vulnerable are surely the unborn and the dying.”

(Address to the New Ambassador of New Zealand to the Holy See May 25, 2000)

“As the family goes, so goes the nation, and so goes the whole world in which we live.”
(Homily, Perth, Australia, Nov. 30, 1986)

“No country on earth, no political system can think of its own future otherwise
than through the image of these new generations that will receive from their parents
the manifold heritage of values, duties and aspirations of the nation to which they
belong and of the whole human family. Concern for the child, even before birth,
from the first moment of conception and then throughout the years of infancy and youth,
is the primary and fundamental test of the relationship of one human being to another.”

(Address to the General Assembly of the United Nations Oct. 2, 1979)

“Every individual, precisely by reason of the mystery of the Word of God Who was
made flesh (cf. Jn 1:14), is entrusted to the maternal care of the Church.
Therefore every threat to human dignity and life must necessarily be felt in the
Church’s very heart;
it cannot but affect her at the core of her faith in the Redemptive Incarnation
of the Son of God, and engage her in her mission of proclaiming the Gospel of life
in all the world and to every creature (cf. Mk 16:15).”

(Evangelium Vitae)

“Not only is the fact of the destruction of so many human lives still to
be born or in their final stage extremely grave and disturbing,
but no less grave and disturbing is the fact that conscience itself,
darkened as it were by such widespread conditioning,
is finding it increasingly difficult to distinguish between good and evil in
what concerns the basic value of human life.”

(Evangelium Vitae)

22 comments on “the distortion of discernment—I think we call it fear

  1. bcparkison says:

    Your painting is very good.
    Our God will prevail and evil will be punished in His time. It is just hard to sit back and watch.

  2. jeffw5382 says:

    These radicals, fear losing their ability to create law without going through the legislative process. The conditioning you reference, which has obliterated the reverence for life, even of the most defenseless. My body my choice? What about my choice to wear a mask? To go celebrate my faith?
    Their contradictions are hilarious and tragic. The execution of a Trump supporter being celebrated by some. The weird thing is that now it’s fine to hurt someone for their beliefs and practices, and they call themselves antifascist- Yes indeed distortion of discernment! They’re completely ignorant and don’t know it.

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  4. Well said SC 😍🙏🏻

  5. Tricia says:

    The Left is just devoid of morality and ACB’S hearing is just the latest infection of this. They pick apart her faith, that she has a large family, even that she adopted two black kids from Haiti, implying it was some sort mini white colonization effort. They truly have no shame and we can only pray they get their just dues soon enough. Thanks for a great post.

    Nice painting too!

  6. says:

    You need to take up your paintbrush again.

  7. Salvageable says:

    It concerns me–scares, maybe even terrifies me–that our search engines, led by Google, have conditioned us to think that they give us unbiased scientific results when we search for a topic. More and more, they are trying to shape our thinking by blocking access to certain information, even and especially when we are looking for it. I wonder how this will end? J.

    • I knew it was happening and wasn’t shocked when I couldn’t find my quotes readily— more mad I suppose — as in don’t you dare roadblock my searches just because my search may not fit an agenda you as an independent non biased source should not even be taking!! 😡

      • Salvageable says:

        At first I argued that the social media giants have the right to censor and distort their material, since they are privately owned and not part of the government. But my son pointed out to me that by providing a service to the public, they place themselves under certain standards that include fairness and impartiality. Every so often Congress talks about placing some accountability on these businesses, but often the businesses get their customers to flood Congress with messages telling Congress to leave them alone. Maybe it’s time for the rest of us to speak up. J.

      • I agree— now that I seem to be accused of writing propaganda 😑

  8. It’s hard to read this propaganda so I no longer will.

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