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October 6, 2021
Note from the Managing Editor
This week's reflection presents something to remember in this time of scandal: "The experience of love [is] something so great in itself that it [does] not need to be justified by anything else."  There is no reason to justify our membership in the Church because the only reason that should justify our membership is being in love with God.  See "Hearts That Cling to God."

We have many worthy articles, but I particularly recommend Francis X. Maier's "Voodoo and Its Enchantments" in which he discusses the corruption of words like equality, diversity, inclusion, and tolerance.  "Language, disconnected from the roots of truth invariably turns into an instrument of power."

One aspect of this power, writes Maier, is that sane people "feel powerless to push back."  I think sane people can also be legitimately confused by this labyrinthian language.  A recent example has cropped up in discussions in my own life: Why is it that the same people who shout "My body, my choice" are those who advocate a vaccine mandate?

I think their philosophy is actually consistent.  "My body, my choice" justifies the killing of an unborn baby — but the words are a lie.  They really mean "Your body, my choice."  When it comes to vaccine mandates, a consistent ethic.

To me, it shows the power of lies repeated over time.  Even we, who know the truth, forget that they're not true.

Thank you for your continued prayers.  God bless you all this week! - Meaghen Gonzalez
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