Fast Food (2015): Fortieth Helping

Jesus teaches that, No one is good except God alone, (Mk 10:16; Lk 18:19). Knowledge of God for the Christian is therefore intrinsically moral and transformative. A morally good act is achieved only in communion with God, that is, a person is good on

Fast Food (2015): Thirty-Ninth Helping

“Don’t you, who believe in nonviolence, see you have a job to do for the world, not only for a family circle, a college or a denomination? The universe is God’s. We don’t have to “prove” God to anyone, nor to justify the ways of God a

Fast Food (2015): Thirty-Eighth Helping

“Nonviolence does not work unless it is part of your very being, grafted on to your personality by struggle, pain, and self-giving love. It cannot be used as a policy, as a temporary expedient, or merely as one out of several weapons lying read

Fast Food (2015): Thirty-Seventh Helping

Fast Food (2015): Thirty-Seventh Helping   A Christian doing a Christlike merciful deed in one situation does not morally justify or morally ratify a Christian doing evil in another situation in order to be able to bring about another merciful deed.

Fast Food (2015): Thirty-Sixth Helping

Fast Food (2015): Thirty-Sixth Helping ​Violent Constantinian Christianity from day one, October 28, 312, has been a Tattoo Christianity, skin deep with a pagan heart.** Today among the bishops, priests, ministers and pastors of most of the Chri

Fast Food (2015): Thirty-Fifth Helping

  In the translation of St. Mark’s Gospel, which Canon Pym made for the unlearned modern, one finds a new phrase on the lips of Jesus. The disciples have lamentably failed, in public too, to effect a cure on the boy who was brought to them in

Fast Food (2015): Thirty-Fourth Helping

The Christian conscientious objector would rather give up his faith than make a convenience of it, putting it on and taking it off like a cloak, according to the direction the winds of worldly expedience are blowing at the moment. He foresees that al

Fast Food (2015): Thirty Third Helping

Because you are going to be bombarded with it and with its consequences, it is probably somewhat important to know that there has been in Western Christianity a movement, beginning around the beginning of the twentieth century, to translate the Sixth

Fast Food (2015): Thirty Second Helping

As noted in Fast Food Helping Thirty-One, the Christian’s interpretation of the Ten Commandments must be governed by the Eleventh Commandment, the “new commandment” of  Jesus, the Messiah and the Word of God Incarnate. He is the

Fast Food (2015): Thirty-First Helping

For the Christian there are eleven Commandments, not ten. A word must be added to the Decalogue (Greek: deka ten + logos word, δέκα λόγοι), the Ten Commandments, and that word is the new Commandment of the Word God “made flesh:” “I

Fast Food (2015): Thirtieth Helping

“If we wish to create a lasting peace, we must begin with the children.” -Mahatma Gandhi “If anyone causes one of these little ones–those who believe in me–to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millston

 Fast Food(2015): Twenty-Ninth Helping

“If we wish to create a lasting peace, we must begin with the children.” -Mahatma Gandhi “Young men are not natural soldiers any more than they’re natural carpenters or accountants. It’s a trade that almost anybody can l

Fast Food (2015): Twenty-Eight Helping

A Christian friend of the writer relates how he went to military training camp after being drafted in 1917 or 1918 with the intention of accepting some form of noncombatant service. As a Christian he had always been taught, however, that warfare and

Fast Food (2015): Twenty-Seventh Helping

It was inevitable that a people [Anabaptists/Mennonite], who took the Scriptures as seriously as these people did, would come to believe in the doctrine of nonresistance. They made no attempt to rationalize the teachings of Christ; they engaged in no

Fast Food (2015): Twenty-Sixth Helping

​ ​Both are made of the same stuff, right? The wealth of one is justified by the wealth of the other, right? The violence of one is validated by the violence of the other, right? The wealth of one is protected by the violence of the other, right

FAST FOOD (2015): Twenty-Fifth Helping

​ ​ “War is the creation of individuals, not of nations.” -Sir Patrick Hasting,1948 Wars: Rich people decide to initiate them and profit from them. Poor and middle class people kill and die in them. That’s fact, not opinion! “Rich

Fast Food (2015): Twenty -Fourth Helping

Military service consists in killing our neighbor, and preparing for that. God has forbidden us to kill, in His Law as in the Gospel. And His commandment, illuminated and confirmed by the Gospel, has infinitely more weight and authority than all th

Fast Food (2015): Twenty-Third Helping

​ This is the original front cover of Mark Twain’s book, King Leopold’s Soliloquy.  The cover is a caricature of the supposed vision Constantine had of a cross with the words, By this sign you shall conquer, beneath it. First published i

Fast Food (2015): Twenty-Second Helping

“Military involvement can find no place in the teaching of Jesus. War is a complete and pitiless break with Jesus’ teaching. The time-honored acceptance by Christians of military cruelty is one of the decisive causes of today’s barbari

Fast Food (2015): Twenty-First Helping

Fast Food (2015): Twenty-First Helping ​ SHEEP WITHOUT A SHEPHERD (Mt 9:36; Mk 6:34) “Woe to the shepherds who are destroying the sheep of My pasture!” declares the LORD (Jer 23:1)

Fast Food (2015): Twentieth Helping

Since war itself is the most extreme form of terrorism,  a war on terrorism is profoundly self-contradictory.                                                                                            

Fast Food (2015) : Nineteenth Helping

The Kingdom of God in Matthew offers a vision of a community of discipleship characterized by a “higher righteousness”—a community free of anger, lust, falsehood, and violence. The transcendence of violence through loving the enemy is the most

Fast Food (2015): Eighteenth Helping

“Do not think yourself better because you burn up friends and enemies with long-range missiles without ever seeing what you have done.”  –The Commandant of Auschwitz speaking in Thomas Merton’s poem, Chant to be Used in Processions A

Fast Food (2015): Seventeenth Helping

​Mercy requires non-cooperation with the merciless. Holiness requires non-cooperation with the anti-holy.                                                                                              

Fast Food (2015): Sixteenth Helping

​“Whatever you do unto the least of one of these brothers and sisters of mine, you do unto me.” (Mt 25:31-46) For the Christian, the atomic bomb was a Christ-killer. Indeed all weapons are either Christ-killers or intended Christ-killers. A gun

Fast Food(2015): Fifteenth Helping 

Divine Image To Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love All pray in their distress; And to these virtues of delight Return their thankfulness. For Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love Is God, our father dear, And Mercy, Pity, Peace, and Love Is Man, his child and care.

Fast Food (2015): Fourteenth Helping

“If I had asked people what they wanted they would have said a faster horse.” -Henry Ford If God asked most Israelites of old, or most Jews, Christians or Muslims today what they wanted, their answer would be more secular, political, coercive pow

Fast Food (2015):Thirteenth Helping

 He who has conquered 10,000 others has only created 10,000 enemies. -Buddha If you succumb to the temptation of using violence in the struggle, unborn generations will be the recipients of a long and desolate night of bitterness, and your chief leg

Fast Food (2015): Twelfth Helping

The Church is commissioned to teach the morality of the Gospel, which is the moral revolution of Christian love. The New Testament reduces all morality to the commandment of love. This implies no commission to teach philosophical morality, although m

Fast Food (2015): Eleventh Helping

  It cannot be stressed too much: love of enemies has, for our time, become the litmus test of authentic Christian faith. Commitment to justice, liberation, or the overthrow of oppression is not enough, for all too often the means used have brou

Fast Food (2015): Tenth Helping

“Sooner or later Christians will have to learn that violence of any kind as a response to violence of any kind cannot be reconciled with the teachings or the example given them by the One they claim to follow.”                 

Fast Food (2015): Ninth Helping

In Light of Jesus’ first word  in His public ministry, “metanoia ” (Mt 4:17) “repent, change your mind,” in Light of His “new commandment: love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 13:34)  and in Light

Fast Food (2015): Eight Helping

he longevity of a Christian practice does not validate this practice as an ultimate norm for the Christian life. The ultimate norm of Christian life has to be Jesus, His words and His deeds—and if He is not the standard against which everything and

Fast Food (2015): Seventh Helping

“For Saint Paul holiness—indeed life itself—is identification with Christ, which is not mere imitation of Jesus or acceptance of His teachings. Let Paul writing to the Philippians (2:1-11) say what this meant to him: you must think like Chr

Fast Food (2015): Sixth Helping

No one is so lacking in talent or education or so underprivileged that the mind of Christ is beyond his or her grasp. -Rev. John L. McKenzie, Catholic Biblical Scholar, Source

Fast Food (2015): Fifth Helping

Christians need falsifications of both the past and the present to make their lives as Christian Just War Theory supporters morally, spiritually and psychologically bearable. Selective memory, which remembers only the triumphs and glories of the pow

Fast Food (2015): Fourth Helping

Despite Jesus’ rejection of Mars, the war-god is not at a loss. He hides for a while, skillfully puts on an attractive disguise, and penetrates into the Church of Christ. Christians go on chanting their Savior’s praises and victory, without r

Fast Food (2015): Second Helping

“Anxiety is the mark of spiritual insecurity. It is the fruit of unanswered questions. But questions cannot go unanswered unless they first be asked. So there is a far worse anxiety, a far worse insecurity, which comes from being afraid to ask

Fast Food (2015): Third Helping

I am always surprised to see how readily most Christians assume the permanent disappearance of certain forms and spirits of paganism, as personified by the ancient pagan deities. A glance through the history of Christian literature will show plentifu

FAST FOOD (2015):  First Helping

“Most people cannot accept even the simplest and most obvious truth if it be such as would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions which they have delighted in explaining to colleagues, which they have proudly taught to others, and whic