Sometimes I wonder how many more Easters I will live to see. It is not that I am morbid, but after doing so many funerals, it does make me think about it now that I am 62. When my mother was alive, we used to talk about our times and the problems we foresaw in the world. She would tell me that she was happy to be so old so she will not have to experience what is yet to come, but her prayers were often for great-grandchildren whom she prayed and hoped would keep their Catholic faith.
Many people are calling our times “the post-Christian era.” Certainly there are signs of it. Did you ever think about the influence of commercialism? Did it ever occur to you that most of our children are addicted to their electronic devices more so than we were with TV? Most of these devices will break down in two years and there will always be a new and better one that they must have. I am on my last iPod. I realized that this bi-annual pay out of $450 is simply outrageous. Any add-on has to be from that corporation too and never with discounts. If I do not get another Apple, I’ll loose all my data. So now I am going back to a paper system. I never got an iPhone because of the additional expense for internet access and the inflexibility of my cell phone carrier. I must confess that I feel controlled by these people. How many car crashes have been due to the texting addiction? I also see an ideology being forced on us. I am convinced that the Arab Spring was instigated by outside forces using these devices. It enabled countries to kill off their young intellectuals by making them think they could defy organized armies.
With this in mind, I would like to offer parents some
advise. If they must get these devices for their children by some school mandate, consider allowing them only WiFi access. In this way you can shut off the WiFi hot spot in your home so they can get their homework done and a good night’s sleep. It may also shelter them from the things that they should not be doing since most are pros at getting around parental blocks. It seems that only banks are concerned about secure passwords. Well, that has to do with money and not morals. What is more important? Addiction to pornography has increased among very young children, let alone young adults. I am becoming more and more convinced that drug addiction and alcoholism are related to early sexual traumas, but that will have to be proven by science. Of course, can we trust “science” now that we are slowly legalizing psychotropic drugs “for medicinal purposes?” The bias toward the secular ideology is steering us away from the true teachings of Jesus and leading us into enslavement to sin.
Frequently I get mothers calling me to set up their adult children’s weddings or sponsor certificates. Their children seem to be too busy to get married or to go to church. Despite all their electronic devices to look up things themselves, they seem to relegate that religious stuff to their parents. Everything is starting to center around expensive receptions. There is little time for self-reflection.
More and more people are losing their jobs. More and more people are working over a five-day work week, forcing them to neglect their families in order to pay their bills. Managers are becoming too selfish to hire more people to do a fair day’s work. CEOs are getting outlandish salaries and using that money to manipulate elections and keeping the poor under control. The credit card has enabled people to spend beyond their means while the banks set interest rates beyond what they can repay by luring people to spend more with large credit lines.
Easter is a beautiful time to put aside the worries of our times and to console ourselves with the promises of Jesus about our immortal souls. It is also a time to reflect about the consequences of what we are doing to ourselves or allowing tech companies, banks and politicians to do to us. There are a lot of interesting things about our times on the Vatican Site (www.vatican.va). God wants us to do a lot more than just showing up at church on Sundays. May you all have a happy and holy Eastertide. May the promise of Eternal Life motivate us all to do more in supporting our church and setting priorities with our families to reach out and help other people. Let us pray that some of our unemployed think of running for public office to begin to change things before we are all marginalized by tech companies, banks and government.