Thursday, October 27, 2005

Is she right?

The above link is to a somber column by Peggy Noonan reflecting on the state of our society. Her main point is that many signs are out there that the country is heading into serious times.

How do you feel about this? What she say resonates with me. I've felt this way since 9/11. Then after that the Church scandal broke. We've been living in very serious times. I don't want to be pessimistic because there are always reasons for hope. But some times are more difficult than others. There's also economic uncertainty, serious problems in the American economy like the ever-increasing trade deficit that requires an infusion of 2 billion dollars every day from foreigners to support our spending habits. When will they finally stop lending us the money? How long can the government spend money it doesn't have? Then there are the natural disasters like Katrina and the tsunami. Even the world's weather seems to be headed for tumultuous times.

Before the French Revolution, the nobility carried on their lives oblivious of the coming storm. But the signs were there for those could read them. I can't predict the future. But some of these indications make me think that we just might be living in the calm before the storm. Katrina has shown how things can change overnight. In all of this, though, God is the only real source of security. "Blessed be the Lord, my rock!"

3 comments:

Lisa said...

Sister Lorraine, thanks for the reference to Peggy Noonan's article. In many ways she is on point as far as the precarious spot in which our society finds itself right now. I am not sure we have not been here before, in a different era and under different circumstances, but each time we reach here we face a real challenge. The question is -- what path will we take?

Lisa
cullensdaughter@aol.com

Sr. Lorraine said...

Thanks, Lisa, for your comments. As I'm sure you've heard, the Chinese character for "crisis" means both danger and opportunity. I hope we can seize the opportunity to avoid the dangers.

Anonymous said...

AT ALL TIMES, THERE ARE DIFFERENT STRATA OF STRESS AND INFORMATION. LOOK AT THE AMISH COMMUNITY--THEY ARE THE CALM IN ALL STORMS, BECAUSE THEY CARE FOR THEIR IMMEDIATE COMMUNITY. MOTHER THERESA HAD A PROBLEM WITH FEELING OVERWHEMED. SHE REFLECTED THAT IF WE ALL TOOK CARE OF OUR OWN FAMILY AND NEIGHBORS--SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN OUT OF A JOB. IN ALL EMERGENCIES, WHETHER WITHIN OUR OWN HOUSES, OR NATIONAL OR WORLDWIDE, IT WILL BE OUR IMMEDIATE CARE, CONCERN, AND COMMITTMENT TO THOSE THAT ARE IN OUR IMMEDIATE VICINITY WHO WILL BE OUR SALVATION OR DOOM. TO BE OVERLY CONCERNED WITH WORLDLY PROBLEMS IS A SIGN OF OUR OWN NAIVE SELF PRIDE.

CEEWHY1968@HOTMAIL.COM

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