In Western society, we are brainwashed. We are taught that good is evil and evil is good. Over the last three years, I have spent long hours studying and realizing that the post-enlightenment Western world is demonic. I now oppose modern Western values with all my soul.
However, just because I have rejected the modern Western mindset, does that mean that I have a Christian mindset? I don’t believe that it does. I believe in Christianity but do I think like a Christian? Since the enlightenment, the ideas that followed have polluted Christian thinking. Even though we believe in Christianity, we think like the world.
About a year ago, I decided to embark on a journey to alter my mind to have a Christian thought process, however I’ve really been thinking about it these last two weeks. When I read the writings of great Saints like St. Augustine of Hippo, St. Thomas Aquinas, or St. Francis de Sales, I try to really put myself inside of their thinking process. I’ve actually had some success. It’s not easy.
I use three methods in trying to change my thought process.
The first is reading Scripture. I use the Douay-Rheims Bible as often as I can because that Bible was translated before the French Revolution so these men had a pure thinking process. Angels and demons were very real to them and they knew how important the God-breathed Scriptures were to all people.
The second is studying the tradition of the Church. Here is a list of literature that has helped me:
-The seven epistles of St. Ignatius of Antioch
-The Summa Contra Gentiles of St. Thomas Aquinas
-Quanta Cura and the Syllabus of Errors, both written by Pope Pius IX
All of these documents come from different periods in Church history. They’re from the 2nd, 13th, and 19th Century, but these were times when Christians thought very differently. I strongly recommend these documents and they can all be found online with a brief Google search.
The third and final method is prayer. Prayer is our dialogue with God. He wants us to come to know his Son and to promote the Kingship of his Son on Earth. I recommend 15 mysteries of the rosary every day. If one cannot do 15, then do 5. Another good method is the Jesus Prayer, which is used in the mystical tradition of the East.
However, all of this prayer will be useless if you look at your prayer life as just a formality. Prayer guides you to truth and with this truth, we can work on repairing our minds and setting them on the right path.
Have I confused any readers?
Maybe I have. This is not a light subject. Altering your mind is not easy. I’m pretty sure that I’m not even a fraction of the way to success. Will I ever be? Lord willing.
Feel free to ask any questions below. This is something that I’ve thought about for a long time.