Politcians and Paternalism

good-shepherd-fresco1It’s a bit ironic that the liberal party of self-governance and civil liberty has served us up a celebrity for a president whose cult of personality has permitted him to exercise an unprecedented kind of political paternalism. He has looked upon his candidacy as a “teachable moment,” and upon his victory in the Democratic primary as an event which restored “his faith in America,” as though the electorate owed him some kind of proof of its loyalty. Now he is putting forward this preposterous mandatory civilian security service, banking on the power of his creepy personality cult.

It’s not that Obama is altogether a phenomenon unto himself. This has been coming on for a long time. Why have we ever cared what celebrities think? Our thought processes have been formed by American Idol, and now we bow down before the empty suites that we have neatly arranged for our own destruction.

I am not one to complain about patriarchy, but the icon of a father is not a red, white and blue Obama, looking down from his perch of wisdom upon his needy children. No the real icon of a father is the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep.

One of the earliest images of Our Lord used in the history of the Church is that of the Good Shepherd. In the catacombs of Rome, Our Lord was portrayed as a beardless young man who carried a lamb on his shoulders, calling to mind the parable of the lost sheep. It is a beautiful image, but it is only half the story. In the Gospels the Good Shepherd according to Our Lord is the one who lays down his life for his sheep. The Roman fresco of the Good Shepherd illustrates the paternal solicitude of Christ for the weak and the needy, His personal attention to the individual who is hurting, but Our Lord Himself applies the title of Good Shepherd to the one who stands up to the wolves to protect His sheep from death and himself is torn to shreds in the process.

I once saw a child’s crayon drawing of the Good Shepherd of Jesus wielding a spiked club, standing between the wolves and his sheep, and bleeding from the hands where He has been bitten by the wolves.  That’s Our Lord on the Cross.

Why don’t we have leaders like this? Because we don’t want them. Heaven forbid that we admit that we are weak and needy. Far be it from us to allow ourselves to be led by someone who has our best interests at heart, based on a commitment to the truth of Christ. Instead we throw our babies to the wolves and thank the lupine divinity for being delivered from the responsibility to care for them.

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How About Some Real Aggiornamento?

More of this, please.

And then there was more:

Burke, who was named prefect of the Vatican’s Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature in June, told the Italian Catholic newspaper Avvenire that the U.S. Democratic Party risked “transforming itself definitively into a party of death for its decisions on bioethical issues.” He then attacked two of the party’s most high profile Catholics — vice presidential candidate Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — for misrepresenting Church teaching on abortion.

I tell you: it is comming. Finally. Can’t wait.

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Can You Not Watch One Hour?

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The Holy Hour was a success.

Here again is the post with links to the flyer and bulletin anncoucement. Please spread the word. And here is the program with are using for the holy hours.

In March the third Thursday will be the 20th, which happens to be Holy Thursday. Our Mass will be at 5:30 pm and the Blessed Sacrament should be reposed at the Altar of Reposition by 7:00 pm or shortly thereafter. It would not be appropriate to conduct a holy hour with vocal prayers; however, I am still encouraging men to come, that evening and adore in silence for the intention of our novena.

It is interesting to note that Thursday evening is a most appropriate time for a holy hour, since it is the time when our Lord went through His agony in the garden. Can you not watch one hour with Me? Our Lord pointed out to St. Margaret Mary that the Thursday evening holy hour was especially pleasing to Him. How much more, a holy hour on Holy Thursday evening.

Pray for Success of Holy Hour Novena

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Tomorrow night at 7:00 pm we will have the first of nine holy hours for men in preparation for the elections in November.

All those in distant lands, kingdoms and fields of battle who will not be able to come, and all wives, damsels and maidens, please pray for the success of our efforts, that Our Lady of Victory will lead those She wants to be here to get out of the Lazy Boy. Thank you.

Fathers Praying for Fathers

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Please excuse a more local concern. I will justify this post on the basis of its illustration of Knights of Lepanto Spirituality.

The knights here in Griswold are organizing a series of holy hours for men. Our third Thursday discussion group meeting will go from less prayer and more talk to more prayer and less talk. Our exact plan is to organize a novena of holy hours for men between February and October. The object is to have Fathers and Sons pray for fathers: fathers of families, fathers within the Church and fathers within civil society.

We do a lot of complaining and nowhere near enough prayer. We are all very concerned about the future of our country with the upcoming elections, and in Connecticut specifically, many are upset by the recent decision of the Connecticut bishops to go along with our anti-Catholic legislature and permit Plan B contraception in Catholic hospitals. It is time for men to come together and storm heaven that we might find the fortitude to regroup the Church Militant and fight for what is right. . . and do it in an honorable way.

I always say that the spirituality of the knight, that is, masculine spirituality, is concerned with translating faith and prayer into action. For us men, we easily understand the action part, but usually it is not based on faith and prayer. Hence, such things as sports becomes our religion. (Don’t forget that this Sunday.) This format for our holy hours is a great way to put prayer first in a masculine way.

Here is the flyer for our holy hours, and here is a blurb for Church bulletins. Anyone who is in the vacinity is free to print them out and do what you can with them. Ask your pastor before you post them in your church vestibule.