Thursday, July 31, 2014

One fish, two fish, good fish, bad fish...relativism: Daily Mass Homily--Thursday, July 31st (Memorial of St. Ignatius of Loyola)

            One of the most dangerous philosophies of our society is relativism.  Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI called such a belief the tyranny of relativism.  This worldview states that what is true for you is true for you, and what is true for me is true for me.
            On one level this system is okay.  For instance, it is true for me that I like chocolate ice cream.  At the same time, it may be true for you that you loathe chocolate ice cream and prefer cookies and cream.  Both of these may be true because they are subjective—based on an individual’s perceptions.
            There are other truths, however, that do not allow such differences.  We call these objective or universal truths—they are simply true no matter what any individual thinks. 
            Jesus highlights this fact: The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind.  When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets.  What is bad they throw away.”  Indeed, there is such a thing as good and bad, especially when it comes to human morality.
            St. Ignatius of Loyola was famous for his Spiritual Exercises.  His primary focus in this work was in learning how to discern our spiritual ebbs and flows to be able to understand what is from God, what is from the world, what is from our personal sinfulness or what is from the evil one.  His focus is on discerning the truth—not according to our standards, but God’s.
            May God give us the wisdom to discern what is right and wrong in the choices we make today.  May we always choose the good, avoid evil and so glorify God.

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