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BY Cindy Paslawski

     Chaos is the best word to describe what is going on around us now. Supply chain problems, jarring fuel prices, shaky economies, war in Ukraine which threatens to expand, coming aggression on the part of China. And then, because of lack of power sources, there is a possibility of rolling blackouts around the country to conserve energy. The list goes on and all of it is orchestrated by those in power making bad decisions in country after country – bad for the people, you understand, but good for those in government as they pull the reins of control tighter and tighter over us all.

     That’s what it is all about, you know, create chaos, take control. The latest panic is the spectre of food shortages because Russia may destroy Ukraine’s growing power, because farmers can’t get the most out of their fields without fertilizer, now in short supply. A bigger threat to growing is the crushing price of fuel for tractors and for vehicles bringing goods to the marketplace.

     Create chaos, take control.

     The recent infant formula shortage was perhaps just a test of the waters, since the plant shut-down had to do more with FDA regulations to restart than anything else, while infant formula imported from outside the US – not regulated by the FDA – was apparently safer. Panic! Aside from children with life-threatening allergies, for most babies there was no crisis. Kids could easily survive on milk from the grocery store as mine did: Open the carton and pour. But it was more useful to create panic, especially via the media – how can children survive without infant formula?! – to see how they run, see how certain sectors of the population can be manipulated and made to think turning to the government will save them.

     Chaos.

     Then there is the general sense of lawlessness. Chesterton blamed the ills of society on anarchy and he was right.  In the last two years murders are up, robberies are up, California allows shoplifting to go unpunished if the amount stuffed in a bag is below $950, and police everywhere can do nothing, or are prevented from doing anything by the “community.” Laws mean nothing because the law now means whatever I want it to mean for me.

     And who benefits from such a chaotic environment?

     Let’s just say there are two forces at war here. Whether people want to admit it or not, this is a battle between good and evil.

     When my kids were in school, they used to laugh at our assistant priest because he always talked about order. Maybe the seminarians then were told to use a word as their basic premise in all preaching. Fr. Joe’s word was order. From this vantage point, he was correct, for God is order – in nature, in the universe, in life. If we are focused rightly on Almighty God, all things, especially internally, are in order. We live in a way which reflects that order, which benefits others as well as ourselves.

     The opposite of order is disorder, what we are living now. If God is good and created order, then the opposite is disorder, chaos, evil.

     The hydra-head of evil is becoming more visible in our society now, unfortunately recognized and embraced. Perhaps it took a catalyst to reveal it, somewhat like the death of George Floyd ignited lawlessness and anarchy. It seems the leaked Supreme Court draft decision on the possible reversal of Roe v Wade exploded evil into the public eye and released all manner of protests, people marching by the thousands to support death for unborn children.

     By their fruits we know them. It was reported women interrupted Joel Osteen’s church service and stripped to their underwear to demand their alleged “reproductive” rights to kill their children. “Overturn Roe, hell no!”  “My body, my f—ing choice.” Obviously, as those words indicate, they have given their bodies to evil in a most base way.

     Would that the Catholic Church in America have been so descended upon because it would mean Catholics in America are a force majeure against the evil of abortion, against all evil that is being orchestrated around us. But what am I saying, our religious leaders cannot even agree that unworthy reception of the Holy Eucharist is sacrilege, which they should prevent, not wink at. They have yet to come out in a united and powerful way to defend the right to life, to even command the faithful to pray – that’s safe, isn’t it? – for an end to the scourge of abortion.

     The cover of Parade magazine (June 5, 2022) says it all. Melissa McCarthy is pictured with dogs. She is quoted as saying “They are just better humans than we’ll ever be.” Dogs are treated as humans, based on how many people walk around with their animals in strollers nowadays. But they are not humans and never will be. They don’t fight for their ideals, they don’t demand their rights. They have no understanding of these things, no understanding of what creates the uncrossable line between human and lower life forms. The loyalty a dog displays, which is so admired, is to the person who feeds it. A dog will do anything, even die, for the person who feeds it and takes care of it.

     And by the contrived chaos around us, it appears we are being trained to be as dogs, to do anything for whomever it is – government? – that feeds and takes care of us, whether for good or evil purposes.

     God help us. From our knees, we need to pray for God to help us all to withstand the coming fires of hell.

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