A pleasant day to you all. Hope you are doing well and my prayers for a better time to you all. I am really happy to see the Rectory project being completed. I would like to thank Bucky Ledden and his sons for doing a great job at that. Thank you, Bucky and Co! This 15th we are celebrating the Solemn feast of the Assumption of Our Lady. My best wishes to all of you; kindly attend the Mass to fulfill your obligation of the Holyday.
I have seen a lot of instances in the media where they give news appreciating some good deeds some people did/are doing. For example, recently I happened to read an incident in the newspaper that a poor man found a bag on the road and that bag had a considerably big amount of money in it. That man did not keep the money for himself but he went and gave it to the cops who in turn returned the money to the owner. When the poor man was offered some money in appreciation towards his honest act, he seemed to have refused it. When he was insisted upon to receive an honor, he accepted to have a cup of tea. Interestingly this was in the newspaper.
I have no second opinion about recognizing an honest person, but what is the big deal that should be created about being honest, which is a common human value? Why should that have been given so much attention to the extent of publishing it in a newspaper? The reason is very simple. These values are becoming very rare to find among people so much that when you find someone with the values of this sort, it is so exciting and surprising. This excitement and surprise is to the extent of making an ordi-nary person with common human values a great hero. Yes! This is very unfortunate that normal human values have become rare phenomena.
There is a concept called post-modernism. This is a vast concept which I am not going to delve into. But the dictionary meaning of this is that it is a late 20th-century movement characterized by broad skepticism, subjectivism, or relativism; a general suspi-cion of reason. This is according to the Encyclopedia Britannica. The idea of post-modernism has led people to a great diversion from the path of the common good. The values of humanity are put into question and these values are put under mistrust. To make things worse, the contra values of the longstanding good values are proven by illog-ical reasons and theories. This is the most unfortunate state of affairs in the present-day society. If this keeps going on, there will be a total reversal of values and that will not re-sult in a good end.
People have come to a state of mind that everything can be made right by irra-tional means or just by being louder, which is not a good sign for a better society. The things that are going on around the world do not seem to have any possibility of reaching at a good future. I try to envision a society where common values of humanity should be normal. This could be possible only when there is an ambience for values to exist without excitement. We as Christians have a much direr responsibility in creating a good, even if not a better, society. Because we have a role model, the real God made man, Jesus. It is because by believing Him and following Him, we know the real values as put in His own words.
May God bless you. Sincerely yours in Christ Jesus, Fr. A. Antony