To Conceive a Horror For All the World Loves and Values

We can often forget just how at odds the world is with the message of Christ. We try to live our lives halfway following the world and halfway following Jesus. For many of us, it is a daily struggle to detach ourselves from the ways of the culture and give all to God. We need to realize that to be Christian is to not be of this world. Christ tells us this when he says:
“If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you (John 15:19).”
Indeed, the world hates Christians. It always has and always will. This is the hard fact many of us still need to accept.
But if the world hates us, what should our response be?
We should hate the world back!
We should not hate the world itself of course, for God created it and all things that come from God are good. Rather, we should hate the ways of the world, the ways of men who sin as a result of the fall.
If we love Christ and wish to become saints, our response to this world of sin and disorder can be nothing else but a complete and total rejection of it.
Now, many of us will find this difficult. But, as Christ says,
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money (Matt. 6:24).”
The world pursues false power, false glory, and false love. It puts its hope in lies. The world loves the lie. It values the false. It cherishes that which will pass away into ash and nothingness. It desperately clings to that which is temporary. It lives for the moment and squanders its talent and intellect.
As Christians, we are the opposite of everything the world proposes.
The world asks,
“Would you like instant gratification?”,
to which to Christian responds:
“No, thank you. Give me instead a life of suffering and sacrifice, for it is in forsaking the world that I gain my soul, and love everlasting in my Lord Jesus Christ.”
What a response!
“To conceive a horror for all the world loves and values”, as St. Ignatius says, is to sacrifice what is passing in return for that which is eternal. This is where we find true sanctity, not in the empty promises of worldly pursuits. Let us ever strive to reach this goal and ask the intercession of our Queen, the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the angels and saints, to live out this message.

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
-Romans 12:2

To Concieve a Horror

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4 comments

  1. spookchristian · · Reply

    catholic doctrines/dogmas, are at odds with scripture also…

  2. crossofchrist31 · · Reply

    Hi there. The Catholic Church is the only correct interpreter of scripture, because she alone authored and canonized it. She alone is the bulwark and pillar of truth which St. Paul speaks of in 1 Timothy 3:15. She cannot error in matters of scriptural interpretation, so no Catholic doctrine or dogma can be at odds with the Church. Could you be a bit more specific about which doctrines or dogmas you believe are at odds with scripture? I’d be happy to address them. Christ be with you brother.

  3. Jacob T. Reilly · · Reply

    A few points: 1) Can you say exactly what this “world” is? Can you give an example? I’m just curious, because it is very easy to write these sorts of things and to say that we should “do” them, but, when it comes down to it, it is often very difficult to apply them properly. (And, yes, the Church’s teachings always help us in living in accordance to the words of Christ.) 2) There is, I think, a serious error in making generalizations without understanding what is sacrificed in making that generalization, what is lost in making that simplification. (And yes, I know Christ Himself and the Apostles made these generalizations, but they were much wiser men than ourselves, so it is better to question what He meant than simply to regurgitate them.) Plato and Aristotle made the problem quite clear in pointing out that people never pursue anything other than good things. And 3) finally, I look forward to reading more posts from you, but I also think that this blog is not meant to be a pulpit. What you have written seems to be sermon material….and unless you are a priest, I think it would be better to tone down the preachiness and incorporate more intellectual and informative material into your posts. You just have to be aware of your audience. For 99/100 people reading your blog post, this is just old news that they hear multiple times a year in gospel readings and sermons. What have you brought new to the table?

    I know this all sounds super critical, but please don’t take me in the wrong way, and please KEEP posting. I really mean that. I think that this blog could be an amazing Catholic platform for intellectual and cultural discussion, but there are too many preachy spiritual rant/gush blogs out there, and if this blog is to be something different we have to make an effort for it to be so. I am a PhD student in English Literature, and haven’t posted much recently, but come Christmas break I really hope to be contributing more frequently to the blog. So, you can look forward to more of my posts in a few weeks, and I hope to see more of yours. God bless, and all the best,

    Your fallen brother in Christ,

    Jacob T. Reilly

  4. crossofchrist31 · · Reply

    The “world” refers to the fallen nature of mankind and all the depravity that results from this (such as in the three enemies of the soul: the world, the flesh, the devil).
    Practical applications of hating the “world” include rejecting sin (as defined by the Church), preferring suffering to comfort for the sake of Christ, detachment from temporal things that are passing away etc.
    How do we apply these precepts properly? Simply through the application of the will, docility to the Church, and reliance on the grace that it is given us by God.
    (The Church is very clear on how we are to react to a world that is gone in sin.)
    Could you be more specific on the generalizations? I tend to lean towards the simple and straightforward approach when writing about the gospel, although I do understand that generalizations can be dangerous for those not properly formed in the faith. I can relate to those who wish for more explanation, but the reality is that while God is certainly more complex than the human mind could ever fathom, He is also very simple, and His message is made known to us in a simple (albeit profound) manner through the scriptures.
    I don’t see the problem with passing on or “regurgitating” the gospel. Scriptural exegesis is better left to the Magisterium of the Church, although I agree that the article could benefit from Church documents on the scriptures for added clarity.
    Could you be more specific in defining “good” in relation to Plato and Aristotle? They may have philosophized that people never pursue anything other than the good, but without Christ, this pursuit is futile. Without Christ, “good” becomes relative (“Abortion is ‘good’ because it promotes the well-being of me,”) and that’s precisely a point of this article. We must reject the world’s definition of “good” and put our lives in what is truly good, that is to say, Christ.
    I apologize if this post seemed too preachy for you, as that was not the intent. It seems as though you criticize the presentation of the message, not the message itself. I’m fine with that, as it’s more of a style preference.
    I don’t know if you’ve read much of the Militia’s articles, but the mission is more that of waking and rallying Catholics who are asleep to the realities of spiritual warfare rather than providing analytical or intellectual commentaries on Catholicism.
    It also serves as a tool for the new evangelization, with an emphasis on the Church Militant. This may be one of the reasons it seems preachy. Part of the mission is to confront the atheistic mindset of the internet. We cannot present a soft, watered-down version of the faith. We must proclaim the full truth, and if it sounds preachy, so be it.
    In a culture so saturated with relativism, false notions of equality, and blurry morals, I
    think there is a need, (yes, even among Catholics) to emphasize the full impact of the gospel: pure, simple, strong. Although the gospel may be “old news” it is still good news.

    I’m glad you took the time to point out some criticisms. I actually very much appreciate it. Thank you for pointing out the kind of audience that frequent this blog because as I said, the Militia usually caters to a different crowd. If I write more in the future for the Dormitory, I’ll try to be more aware of its readers.
    The number one thing that I’m concerned about is giving the truth and leading others to Christ. It’s all for Christ and His Holy Catholic Church! Thanks again brother. I look forward to seeing some of your future posts.

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