Many of us wonder, "How can I be a better person in 2011?" For some, this might involve living a healthier life, intellectual growth, greater financial independence, and so forth.
What is "good" or "better"? What do these words mean?
When the United States was founded, there was a consensus among the citizens concerning fundamental moral issues. Recently, Pope Benedict XVI warned that the lack of a fundamental moral consensus derived from our common Christian heritage and its replacement by a rationality that denies the existence of intrinsic evil or intrinsic good, where morality is replaced by a calculus of consequences, has placed our very existence as a society in peril.
The symptoms of a society in peril are hard to miss. Suicide is a leading cause of death among our youth. Demand for illegal drugs feeds rampant corruption at home and fuels a murderous war on our southern border. In 2008 and 2009, U.S taxes financed 34 abortions for each adoption by one agency. There is a baby shortage in Europe. Traditional families are in peril.
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Lacking moral truth, we seek satisfaction in pleasure, wealth, power or popularity. These are modern equivalents of the golden calf. Our society continues to crumble because we deny the truth that God created us to seek him first. He is truth and goodness.
I resolve to seek the truth, to pray and to spread the good news. I will reject the false promises of a modern, materialistic age. Please do the same.
James Pennell Beaufort