Yes, the rulers of the world directly impact us and can create significant desired and undesired outcomes for the people they govern. While many in modern governments only seek the “kingdom” in which they govern, Catholics should be reminded that we are first citizens of the Heavenly Kingdom, Philippians 3:20. Everyone should participate and make their voices heard in whichever form of government they are submitted to, however, our dealings with earthly leaders and objects will not aid us on our journey toward our eternal homeland.
Everyday people are waking up to face fear, anxiety, and division. No matter one’s direct involvement in the matters leading to these outcomes, it is certain to say that these emotions, mental dispositions, and interactions with our neighbors do not give us peace of soul, nor do they reinforce the prayer and devotion that God so longs from each of his children. We have removed God from our lives, replacing him with social media, television, and constant news. We have removed God from our relationships with family, friends, and strangers. We no longer seek God, but submit to the dictatorship of noise.
Before our very eyes the noise of the secularist culture is destroying our soul and infiltrating our lives. In every waking minute we have allowed our ears to be filled with talk radio, podcasts, videos, and music. Our eyes with television and the screen of social media. We have not only disposed our lives to these things, but we have also replaced our spiritual well-being with these things as well. It is safe to assume that the average person gives more time in a day to those things listed above than they do to that of prayer, reading Scripture, or evangelizing.
The Church from the earliest of Her days sought to bring those within her disposition to great holiness. Holiness has been achieved in different modems over the past 2,000 years, however, one thing remains true for all who have achieved holiness, great fear of the Lord. Fear of the Lord allows one to avoid sin and attachment to worldly things out of deep reverence and love for God. To want to restore the sacred within the Church, we must first restore that which is sacred to each of us - our souls. The longer we allow ourselves to be infiltrated and corrupted by the noise of the world the longer it will take for us to rid ourselves of the vices that come with such noise.
For many of us, it seems impossible to avoid the noise. For some, it has become habitual to have constant noise through every part of the day. However, we must begin to remove ourselves from the noise of the world in an effort to make the necessary time to worship God. Through an increased time of prayer, the reading of Sacred Scripture and other spiritual books, penance, and frequent reception of the Most Holy Eucharist, our fear will become calmness, our anxiety will become trust, and our disunity will become unity - for those who freely choose to unite themselves to the sufferings of Jesus Christ.
“Christ lived for thirty years in silence. Then, during his public life, he withdrew to the desert to listen to and speak with his Father. The world vitally needs those who go off into the desert. Because God speaks in silence.”
Seth is a convert to the Church and lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana.