By Tom Quiner
The modern culture wants to strip away the Cross.
Nowhere is this seen more than in the critical social issues of the day: human abortion and so-called gay marriage.
A man and woman choose to engage in sexual intercourse. They’re not married. She gets pregnant. He doesn’t want a child. She doesn’t either, especially if he’s making a big fuss over the situation.
The modern culture says abort. It’s not a viable person yet. It’s okay.
The baby is the Cross, the inconvenience.
The modern culture says it’s not a Cross anyone should have to carry if they don’t want to. Laws have been passed to ensure that someone else, the child, carries the Cross alone.
A man is attracted to other men. His faith tells him not to act on them. But the culture says there is nothing wrong with it. Even more, the culture says two men, or two women for that matter, should be allowed to marry each other. Marriage is not about children, goes this thinking. Marriage is about attraction, desire, lust, you.
No one should have to carry the Cross of suppressed desire says the culture. That’s too big a Cross to bear, goes the thinking.
Each of us has our own Crosses to bear. Who among us wouldn’t like to shirk the duty? Who among us wouldn’t like to take the easy path?
And yet the Cross is critical, or else Christ wouldn’t have carried it for us. And He asks us to carry it with Him.
The late, great Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen weighs in:
“The modern world, which denies personal guilt and admits only social crimes, which has no place for personal repentance but only public reforms, has divorced Christ from His Cross; the Bridegroom and Bride have been pulled apart.
What God hath joined together, men have torn asunder. As a result, to the left is the Cross; to the right is Christ. Each has awaited new partners who will pick them up in a kind of second and adulterous union. Communism comes along and picks up the meaningless Cross; Western post-Christian civilization chooses the unscarred Christ.”
I think our Culture has it wrong.