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By Fr. George W. Rutler, Catholic Exchange, January 22, 2020

Physical science can tell us only about the bare fact of things. The “why” of things comes from the God Who orders all facts. Believe in God, and you live the truth; deny God, and you have to come up with lies.

All that we are is because there is a God — a Three-in-One and One-in-Three. To deny that is to enter into the biggest lie of all: that life itself is an accident. If we don’t understand that life is a gift, we will only be able to see death as a curse. We know the desultory grief of watching others die, and we know the anxiety of contemplating our own death. These can be overwhelming if we do not understand that death, through the rebirth of the soul, can be the entrance to eternal life.

If people do not trust that God offers us eternal life, they will become obsessed with death and its anxiety. And then they will begin to turn that death of the self into a death imposed on others.

We can try to live a lie, but the truth of death cannot be denied. Indeed, every attempt to sanitize death creates a culture of lies. In turn, we leverage that culture of lies into a culture of death. The contraceptive mentality, the abortion mentality, and the euthana­sia mentality can survive only on lies.  ….

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