Why Be Scared?

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead, expose them.

——–Eph.5 :11

Welcome one and all!

The title for this blog is taken from a letter written by Catholic author, Flannery O’Connor, near the end of her life:  “Be properly scared, go on doing what you are doing, but take the necessary precautions.”

It seems to me that this is the right balance for Christians in our era–go on doing what you are doing, don’t dissolve in panic …but take the necessary precautions.

Precautions include being responsibly informed and battle ready for the culture war. The general idea here will be to play the observant child to the naked emperor. Help me explore the illogical cultural blips that are based on fuzzy logic or wishful thinking, not on objective reality, and often in utter disregard for truth.

Catholics–all Christians –ought to seek truth. We are people who understand that truth is ultimately the greatest charity, the greatest mercy. Properly Scared examines those cultural and political policies that reflect an errant culture’s emotive wish rather than an objective respect for human nature and the given order. A reasoned rant, if you will.

I’ve just read a paper by a favorite philosopher. His article is based on a Chesterton conversation. The Chesterton phrase that made me smile was, “An abominable darkness of brain,” and Ryan at Catholic Audio designed the header so that I could use that as a tagline. How apt. Our era slides deeper toward the darkness–a darkness of mind and spirit–that we call the Culture War. Our goal is to shine a light on that “abominable darkness of brain.”


Upcoming  engagements:

October 13th 2012–Cathedral of St. Ignatius Loyola, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 9am -12pm

1) ” How the Rosary Changed History”

2)” Five Urgent Actions to Change the Culture”


October 20th, 2012 –Ascension Catholic Church, Melbourne Florida 10:00am

“Women Called to Convert the Culture”

November 3rd--Blessed Sacrament Parish, Clermont Florida

“Defending Religious Liberty”

More info about this blog is here

Mary Jo Anderson © Copyright 2008-2012 All Rights Reserved

2 Responses

  1. Some time ago you wrote an inspiring article on the philosophy behind the culture of life. By connecting the dots you argued, one could see that if the Catholic church could be convinced to withdraw its opinion on the sanctity of life, then anti-life forces could proceed to cherry pick humanity. I would love to find this article but can’t remember the date. I would say it’s got to be about 2003? Thanks if you can locate it for me.
    Best blessings,
    PS I think it was on Worldnet Daily.

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