… all epithets and theoretical considerations lose meaning.  A man’s efforts to match up to these situations decides his fate.  The solution each accepts differs according to those impalpable factors which constitute his individuality.  (Emphasis added.)

Czeslaw Mislosz

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The above is extracted from Mislosz’s excellent book The Captive Mind which tells us of the plight of men and women, particularly their individual lives and their stilted development and existence under communist’s control in the first five decades of the 20th century in Europe.

Yes, meaning was lost.  Life’s meaning was lost.  People were changed, the individual absorbed into the central state and its soul crushing apparatus.  Such is the way of communist and secular collectivism – each denying God and the human being – empowered by mass communications which create control so easily.

Mislosz’s work is a riveting read – and timely, ageless actually.

Yes, in these straits we are each to engage “efforts to match these situations” as this decides our fate – individually and collectively.

Was not St. Patrick responding precisely in this way – matching his efforts to the “call to meaning?”  Remember his story.  He was called in a dream to respond to the needs of those in Ireland … “to come and walk among us.”

We spend this entire day with St. Patrick – we have few such days each year.

God knows, we face challenges of meaning more than equal to St. Patrick in our own country and in the West today.

We are, it seems, virtually leaderless.  Lead by individuals who appear void of wisdom, courage and, most importantly, faith – uninformed by history, satisfactory education, character, or faith, but long on craven self-promotion and appearance – a manifestation of a “new paganism” in a deconstructed culture whose governing institutions are disordered and dysfunctional.

St. Patrick, where are you?  ” … come and walk among us.”

More to the point, where are you who claim to be Christian?

Our woes are not all in distant lands imposing their violence on us and our heritage.  They are much closer.  They are within.  We have met the enemy and it is us.  Each of us must “match up” … and decide our fate.