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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

In what area of your life is the will to disbelieve strongly operative? - Daily Reflections February 25,2015



THE WILL TO DISBELIEVE

In the Gospel, Jesus rebukes the people of His time for their refusal to convert and for always demanding for a sign. Despite generations of historical interventions on the part of God, in words and deeds, through the prophets and finally through Himself, the people remained hardened in their sin and disbelief.
       This is not exclusive to the people of Jesus’ time. It is ours as well. Jeane Kirkpatrick described modern man’s systematic refusal to believe (she was not talking about religious matters), even in the face of convincing and empirical facts, as “the will to disbelieve.”
       To believe in something or in someone is ultimately an act of the will. It cannot be forced even by empirical evidence. It has to be freely given. By the same token, to disbelieve is really an act of the will. It is difficult to undo even in the face of empirical evidence.
         In May 2014, a video of a woman named Emily Letts, who filmed her own abortion, went viral in the social media. All throughout, she was shown smiling with happy music playing in the background. When it was done, the woman even quipped, “Cool!” What I found so disturbing was the obvious intent of the video — to present abortion as no big deal, something so trivial and commonplace like going to the dentist to have a tooth extracted.
         There is undeniable scientific, philosophical and theological proof that inside the womb of a pregnant woman is a human person, possessive of rights and deserving of protection by law. But we simply gloss over these evidences. To bury our guilt, we portray abortion as a fun and cool thing to do, not the evil act the “moralists” claim it to be.
       What is needed is a change of heart. To believe in something or in someone is ultimately an act of the will. It cannot be forced even by empirical evidence. It has to be freely given. In fact, when given, empirical evidence becomes secondary. Fr. Joel Jason

REFLECTION QUESTION: In what area of your life is the will to disbelieve strongly operative?

Change my heart, O God. Make it generous. Amen.

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