… men, as intelligent and free creatures, have to journey toward their ultimate destinies by their free choices and preferential love.  They can therefore go astray.  Indeed, they have sinned.  Thus has moral evil, incommensurably more harmful than physical evil, entered the world.  (Emphasis added.)

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 311

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We are free to choose and to love.  Yes, our destiny individually and collectively requires that we choose good over evil and love over hate or love’s opposite: indifference.

Our ultimate destiny comes as this mortal existence ends.  Our ledger: good or evil, love accepted or love rejected?

How are we doing lately in the collective?  No so well.  Far too much moral evil.

Moral evil is simply acts that are contrary to God’s law.  We are awash in moral evil. And what might they be?

A breach of trust that would have a public figure place “personal convenience” above national security and the safety and survival of a nation and its people. Another who deems such acts unpunishable and tortures law and logic to do so. Others who consistently fail to call evil by its name. And those who divide us through “identity politics.” And judges who tell us that they hear “morality” and think “bigotry” or who call something that is not a “tax”, “a tax” so to earn affection and approval. Then there is abortion in an age when contraceptive measures, medication or devises are commonly available and inexpensive. And judges who after centuries of recorded human history deem their “genius” sufficient to redefine marriage.

Multiplying moral evil is a dangerous game.

Yes, God is merciful and can create good out of evil – but God is also able and disposed to seek justice in punishment.

“Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like the foolish man who built his house on sand … the rain fell … the flood came … the winds blew … that house … it fell – and great was its fall.”  (Emphasis added.)

The Sermon on the Mount, Mt 7: 26, 27

Shalom.

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