Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel with
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King with
whom Heschel worked in the Civil
Rights movement and marched in
Selma in 1965.
“It is customary to blame secular science and anti-religious philosophy for the eclipse of religion in modern society. It would be more honest to blame religion for its own defeats. Religion declined, not because it was refuted, but because it became irrelevant, dull, oppressive, insipid."
This is so true. And it is one of the reasons I do this blog. Our Catholic Church in the United States is being taken down the road of being “irrelevant, dull, oppressive, insipid.” It doesn’t have to go that path. We have a Tradition, as Catholics, that is immensely relevant, exciting, liberating, and stimulating but we have been hijacked by moronic buffoons who are successfully undermining the our mission as Church to be the Gospel’s Light for our world. As I have written before, thanks to our bishops and their short-sighted (and retrospective) “leadership,” everyone knows what the Catholic Church is against but no one knows what it is for. There could not be a more disastrous plan for “the new evangelism.” We are running a negative campaign against our own mission!
Well, to help us focus on a gospel message that is pertinent, electrifying, liberating, and energizing, let’s turn to another quote from Rabbi Heschel: “The God of heaven and earth is profoundly concerned with the widow and the orphan.” Now that is a message worth proclaiming. Why is it that when what we need is a Rabbi, God sends us bishops? Well, of course, maybe it isn’t God who sent them. Or then again, maybe he sent us what we deserve and not what we need. I hope that we are not becoming as mediocre as our leadership.
To hear that podcast about Rabbi Heschel plug this in: http://www.onbeing.org/program/spiritual-audacity-abraham-joshua-heschel/227