The liturgical calendar was something I was only vaguely aware of when I entered the Catholic Church 16 years ago. Yes, I knew about some of the bigger religious holidays, but the extent to which all time is organized in accord with religious memorials, solemnities and feasts escaped me.
Evelyn Waugh's Sword of Honour trilogy was something of a wake-up call. One of Waugh's quirks was to order the events in the book to the liturgical calendar, rather than by giving specific days and months. This book really opened my heart to the richness of what the Church offers.
The Lord of Spirits podcast pushed me further, helping me to recognize that the world can be viewed with both secular and spiritual lenses. As time has passed, I'm more quick to push the secular ones aside and take a glance at the Unseen as well as the Seen.
So of course the momentous news that Roe v. Wade had finally been decisively repudiated came on day of religious significance - and one that will no doubt have more significance going forward.
The ruling had been leaked, but to what end? Was it genuine? Would it hold? Apparently it did, and for much of the day I struggled to adjust myself to the new reality. I am only a little younger than Roe v. Wade, and have grown up in its long, dark shadow. I've watched society become ever more obsessed with personal pleasure at any cost, and I've seen the act of abortion go from being considered a lesser evil to a positive good.
This is nothing short of demonic. There are few perversions so profound, so stark as convincing mothers to slaughter their unborn children so that they can better enjoy life. At least in pagan times, children were offered up to the gods in exchange for timely rains or abundant harvests - matters of communal survival.
Today, the payoff is a few extra packages from Amazon or a week's vacation through Airbnb. Put simply, humans have become really cheap dates for the dark powers.
That changed yesterday, and while it was a great victory, the struggle is not over. It will new enter a new phase as the Enemy tries new methods and attempts to break up the coalition that achieved it.
Still, as the calendar reminds us, there is a time for everything. I will spend the next few days contemplating the great goodness of God, and how fortunate we all are to see this day.