Thursday, August 23, 2007

The Return of Superstition

An Irish archbishop laments.

Speaking on the theme of "Following Christ in 21st-century Ireland," Archbishop Brady said that today's challenge is to keep "our lives focused on Christ amid the distractions of increasing prosperity."

He explained: "The land of saints and scholars has become better known as the land of stocks and shares, of financial success and security.

"Tragically it has also become a land of increasing stress and substance abuse. And all of this has occurred as the external practice of faith has declined."

"One of the most subtle but disturbing signs of this underlying fear in Irish life is the increasing reliance of people on practices which claim to 'unveil' the future," the 68-year-old archbishop affirmed. "Consulting horoscopes, astrology, palm reading, tarot cards, recourse to clairvoyance and mediums conceal a desire for power over time and a lack of trust in God's providence.

"They are the new Irish superstition. Those who put their trust in them or take them seriously are colluding with an illusion, promoting a fiction. Underlying this trend of 'future telling,' is a fear of the future.

"It is a symptom of the insecurity that lurks behind the seeming confidence of modern Irish culture and life. It is evidence of the failure of a life without God to address the deepest needs of the human spirit." Share


Ann Murray said...

Dr.Brady said people would be better giving money to those in need.
' This would make a real difference to someone's future instead of wasting money on what is at best a vacuous form of entertainment.

This short excerpt is from a longer article in the Irish News. A lot of money is made in this industry which as Dr. Brady says could be diverted and provide a brighter future for those in need.

elena maria vidal said...

That is very true. Thank you, Veritas!