Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Lucia Prayer to Saint Michael

Readers may have noticed we have a prayer at the bottom of our site. I put it there on purpose, for, in the words of Saint Paul, we fight “not against flesh and blood but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness” . (Eph 6:12)

I've been an author of a NZ blog since before the last election, and prior to that involved on the internet in several debate forums dating back ten years. I've realised that people's points of view cannot be changed with mere information or argument, because all points of view are based on some type of belief.

I used to argue that the word believe has a lie in it, therefore to believe is to lie to oneself. Now I now that everyone has an internal truth-meter, but that not everyone wants to listen to it. So some will use belief to lie to themselves, while as others will use belief to keep their faith, connected to truth, alive.

I spent a long time looking for the truth because I wanted to find it, not because I wanted it to support how I viewed the world. In fact, how I viewed the world had to change when I found truth. It was a difficult process as I went through things I wanted to believe and had to discard them.

The Prayer to Saint Michael at the bottom of each page here at NZ Conservative was written more than a century ago by Pope Leo XIII after he had been granted a vision of a discussion between Our Lord and the Devil. The Devil boasted that he could destroy Our Lord's Church if he was able to use more power. Our Lord basically said, try it then and gave him 100 years of increased power to try and destroy the Church. Now more than 100 years later the effects are clearly seen. The Church is not destroyed, but is severely damaged. And she has been before in times gone past and as she may will be again in the future. But, she cannot be destroyed.

I put the prayer at the bottom of our site to recognise the fact that the real battle that we are engaged in is spiritual, not physical. That it's raging all around us right now and has been since the beginning of the world when a third of the angels fell from Heaven.

If I'm insane for believing this, then I join a great multitude who also believe it.

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1 comment(s):

MathewK said...

"...people's points of view cannot be changed with mere information or argument, because all points of view are based on some type of belief."

Hence arguing with the hardcore believers can be a waste of time.

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