November 2008


If any of you happen to be frequent readers of Whispers in the Loggia, you know by now that I steal share a lot of information from his blog.  He is one of my favorite reads… perhaps because I’m a papist nerd.  Hahaha.

Anyway, he quoted Pope Paul VI’s message closing the Second Vatican Council today, echoing the Papal Nuncio to the US, Pietro Sambi, who quoted it in his address to the Bishops this week.  The end of the message was addressed to the youth, and I found the first paragraph (which I’ve included below) particularly striking.  I’d like to adopt the words of encouragement (and warning) for my own generation, because, well, in my mother’s words, her generation failed and now we have to clean things up.

With this in mind, I have re-entered the study of the documents of the Second Vatican Council in light of current events, and I hope to emerge with a fairly coherent discourse… time will tell.

So, for now, I leave you with the Holy Father’s words.

“Lastly, it is to you, young men and women of the world, that the council wishes to address its final message. For it is you who are to receive the torch from the hands of your elders and to live in the world at the period of the most gigantic transformations ever realized in its history. It is you who, receiving the best of the example of the teaching of your parents and your teachers, are to form the society of tomorrow. You will either save yourselves or you will perish with it.” Pope Paul VI, 8 December 1965

We already have to deal with two so-called “Catholics” running this country- Biden and Pelosi.  It makes me want to wretch when I think that these people insist on calling themselves Catholic.  (Guess what?  You’re not Catholic if you don’t obey the Church.  Why do you even want to call yourself Catholic if you disagree with what the Church stands for?  If you disagree with vegetarians and eat meat every night, would you call yourself a vegetarian?  I don’t think so.)

Well, it appears it can get worse.  Gov. Kathleen Sebelius’ name is being batted around for Secretary for Health and Human Services.  Sure, put a woman in charge of health who believes women shouldn’t be informed of the health and development of her unborn baby, that women shouldn’t be told about alternatives to abortion… sure, put her in charge of health.  And human services.  After all, abortion is a human service, isn’t it?

Blech. Why not just put Bill Clinton in charge of marriage issues?

(Kathleen Sebelius vetoed Kansas’ Comprehensive Abortion Reform Act, a piece of legislation that had been supported by large majorities in the Kansas House and Senate.  Her campaigns have been supported by a well-known late-term abortionist, and Kansas has become known as the late-term abortion state of the Midwest.  Her bishop, Bishop Joseph Naumann, met with her privately numeorous times to speak to her about her pro-abortion stance and the Church’s teaching, and after she repeatedly refused to obey the Church, he asked her to refrain from receiving Communion.)

Hat tip: Whispers in the Loggia

Oh, ‘funny’ side note: I heard on the radio that the Illinois Lottery numbers last night were 6-6-6.

No, I’m not going to post every day during the next four years with my thoughts about the election.  In fact, this is probably the last post on the subject.  (Then we’ll move to happier things, like the appointmnet of a ‘climate czar’ or something.)

I just wanted to announce that only ONE of the people I voted for won.  ONE.  Granted, I didn’t have many candidates to vote for- president, a US senator, a rep, and a state rep.  So I guess 25% isn’t…. no, it is.  Pathetic.

Not that I’m mad I didn’t pick winners… I’m just mad that the rest of the world picked losers.

I’m sure there will be posts just like this one all over the blogosphere today.  I haven’t started looking, but I’m sure they’re there.  I thought about mulling all of this over a bit more, perhaps coming up with more insightful reflections, but I’ve decided to come and put down what’s rambling around in my head before I start reading what other people are saying.

Today seemed relatively normal.  I’ve been busy at work and the full day has kept my thoughts from dwelling on last night.  Our lives go on, and perhaps this is a good thing.  After months and months of listening to nothing but election coverage and wondering what was going to happen on November 4th… well, the sun still rose high in the sky on November 5th, I am currently eating a pb&j sandwich for lunch, and I still have a long list of items on my to-do list.  A normal day.

 At the same time, perhaps this “life goes on” is a not-so-good thing.  People were united in prayer these past months or weeks over a common cause.  We were praying and fasting and sacrificing, our attention focused on the battle of good and evil in our midst.  What happens now?  Our lives continue on as we chalk the victory up to a “party of death.”  Do we now become complacent?  Or do we continue to fight? (And what about those whose lives don’t go on?  Because they’re there, even if we can’t see them.)

I don’t believe God gives us anything we can’t handle.  So we will get through the next four years.    At the same time, we gave ourselves this mess.  Democracies elect leaders they deserve.  Perhaps more sacrifice is needed on our part before victory is achieved (and hey, I’ve read the end of the Book- we win). 

When I say that we’re facing a tough four years of sacrifice, I’m not just talking about the losses we’re going to see in prolife legislation and the millions of babies that will die in and out of the womb.  The economy is going to suffer, and when our economy suffers, our military will suffer, and we’ll face threats to our national security like lame ducks. (But hey, don’t worry!  Obama’s going to sit down and talk to Chavez and Ahmadinejad, and everything will be fine!)  We’re facing socialism in a way we haven’t seen yet in this country.  It crept in with FDR and Social Security, with LBJ and Medicare, and now we’re looking at even greater entitlement programs: healthcare, college…  We’re also looking at restrictions of first-ammendment rights with the so-called “Fairness Doctrine.”  The list is a long one.

Yes, folks, it’s going to be an interesting four years.

One more thing.  One of the first headlines I saw today said “Obama wins in historic landslide.”  Yes, the election was, obviously, historic.  But was the landslide?  The media is trying to paint last night as if it was a large margin of victory.  And yes, the wins were impressive.  My own home state betrayed life and went for Obama, the first Democrat Presidential victory in Indiana in many, many years.  He won states that had been solidly red for Bush.

But a historic landslide?  What about 1984, when Reagan won every state in the Union bar one? Forty-nine states.  That, ladies and gentlemen, is a “historic landslide.”  Don’t confuse this with that.

In close, I don’t want to sound like I’m forecasting Doomsday to break out tomorrow.  I don’t want to sound like a crazy person, nor do I want to depress everyone.  I don’t think the end of the world is upon us because of last night’s results.  I think we have a fight ahead of us, but I think that can be a very good thing indeed.  Great things have come when good people fight for truth.  So get ready!

And, like I said before, I’ve read the end of the Book.  We win.  So don’t be depressed- be happy and hopeful… and ready to fight. : ) 

In the words of one of our founding Fathers:

“It may be the will of Heaven that America shall suffer calamities still more wasting and distresses yet more dreadful.  If this is to be the case, it will have this good effect, at least: it will inspire us with many virtues, which we have not, and correct many errors, follies, and vices, which threaten to disturb, dishonor and destroy us.  The furnace of affliction produces refinement, in states as well as individuals.  And the new governments we are assuming, in every part, will require a purification from our vices, and an augmentation of our virtues or there will be no blessings … But I must submit all my hopes and fears to an overruling Providence; in which, unfashionable as the faith may be, I firmly believe.”  – John Adams, 3 July 1776

From a hero of mine:

“Knowing that intercessory prayer is our mightiest weapon and the supreme call for all Christians today, I pleadingly urge our people everywhere to pray.  Believing that prayer is the greatest contribution that our people can make in this critical hour, I humbly urge that we take time to pray — to really pray.
Let there be prayer at sunup, at noonday, at sundown, at midnight — all through the day. Let us pray for our children, our youth, our aged, our pastors, our homes.  Let us pray for the churches.
Let us pray for ourselves, that we may not lose the word ‘concern’ out of our Christian vocabulary.  Let us pray for our nation. Let us pray for those who have never known Jesus Christ and His redeeming love, for moral forces everywhere, for our national leaders.  Let prayer be our passion.  Let prayer be our practice.”  -General Robert E. Lee

If McCain wins tonight, it will be because of prayer!

Our Lady of America, pray for us!

It’s hard to believe, folks!  This time tomorrow, I’ll be sitting in front of my television watching it all unfold.  Do you think we’ll know before we go to bed tomorrow?  It’s hard to say, I suppose.  I hope that every single ballot gets counted this year.

Just for fun, I thought I’d try out the new wordpress poll.  I have no idea who really reads this blog, so while I think I have a good guess on the results to this, it will still be fun to see:

Woo hoo!  Another great quote from Bishop Finn from Kansas City.  He’s the real stuff!!  Hey, Pope Benedict, give us more of these guys, please! : )

From a radio interview this morning:

“When I felt that our Lord called me to the priesthood, it wasn’t just to say Mass on Sundays, as spectacular and wonderful as that is.  The first ministry of the bishop is ministry of the Word, to preach the truth of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Jesus Himself got crucified for that, and He told those who follow Him that the world is going to hate you as well, because the world doesn’t like anyone telling them ‘you should do this’ or ‘you shouldn’t do that,’ but this is the message of the gospel.  So believe me, I’m not in this as a lifelong vocation to sit on the sidelines and just fold my hands and pray.  I do a lot of that, and I have to do a lot of that, and I want everyone to do that.  But when it comes to issues of right and wrong of justice and life and death, I have to speak and I won’t be quiet.”

And this:

Interviewer: “Tomorrow, there are some Catholics listening to me right now, that are thinking strongly or are convinced that they will vote for Barack Obama.  What would you say to them?”

Bishop Finn: “I would say give consideration to your eternal salvation.  Because, to vote for a person who has expressed the fantatical determination to not only support abortion as it exists now but to remove all limitations on it through the Freedom of Choice Act and to extend it without any recourse, throwing out all the efforts of citizens over the last 35 years to place reasonable limits on abortion, that you, by voting for a person who has expressed his determiation to do this, to Planned Parenthood, to NARAL, you make yourself a participant in the act of abortion….”

Well, then.  What more is there to say?

Audio can be found here.  It’s a nice, concise interview- it’s worth a listen.

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