We all started out as an embryo, and as a fetus, and were fortunate enough to be born due to our parents love for us, and the ethical practice of medicine performed by the doctor that delivered us. Our grandparents were able to die with dignity, either in a hospital or in a hospice house, expiring naturally, not against their will, or unknowingly, due to our love for them, and the ethical laws of the state, which protected them from malice and manipulation. We, lucky men, married our wives--and I'm not so sure they are as lucky--and the Sacrament of Marriage reigned supreme, in America, as the symbol of committed love, between a man and a woman, married in the Will of God, open to life in the procreation of children...nothing seemed more natural to a man and a woman. Christianity, and Catholicism in particular, existed in a land where people of faith could practice their religious beliefs as they understood them, and as the Church taught them, as God intended. Children grew up in a land where girls were protected from promiscuity (and government given contraceptives--Plan B), boys, from the proliferation of pornography, and both, from the legalization of intoxicants such as marijuana.
Much has changed.
America is no longer the land of the free, or the home of the brave, but the nation of ideology which crucifies our Lord.
"Is that your voice, my son David?” And Saul wept aloud. Saul then said to David: 'You are in the right rather than I; you have treated me generously, while I have done you harm. Great is the generosity you showed me today, when the LORD delivered me into your grasp and you did not kill me.'" 1 Samuel 24:3-21
Saul, overcome with jealousy over David's blessings, perceived David as a threat, and hunted him down, even though David had nothing but respect for King Saul. David had a chance to retaliate and kill the King, but out of respect for his anointing by God, David spared Saul. The tragedy continued as Saul was blinded to both David's friendship and David's blessing for the nation. Saul died bitter in his jealousy, and his hatred, for David.
Likewise, America perceives Judaeo-Christianity, particularly Catholicism, as a threat. While Judaeo-Christianity/Catholicism has always been a faithful friend of 'the great American experiment,' and exemplified patriotism in some of America's greatest hero's and heroins, our nation, like Saul, lives blind to the blessing of Catholic-Christian morality in the charitable, and hope filled, presence of Jesus Christ in our land.
Instead of welcoming the Lord with open arms...they prefer to crucify him all over again.
"Be exalted above the heavens, O God;
above all the earth be your glory!
For your mercy towers to the heavens,
and your faithfulness to the skies." Psalm 57:2-4, 6, 11
Just as David offered Saul nothing but love and friendship, Jesus gave the lost sheep of Israel the same. Many became his disciples, 12 became his apostles--but some of them charged him with blasphemy, and handed him over to the pagans to be killed. Like David, Jesus offered no retaliation. All he did was spread his arms, like a Lamb of God, like a Suffering Servant, elevated 'to the heavens,' exemplifying Christ-ian 'faithfulness to the skies.'
"Jesus went up the mountain and summoned those whom he wanted and they came to him. He appointed Twelve, whom he also named Apostles, that they might be with him and he might send them forth to preach and to have authority to drive out demons..." Mark 3:13-19
So, here we are, Catholics, and Christians, in a land which no longer trusts us, nor sees our blessings for them. What are we to do? We remember tales from childhood of David, and Jesus, but we no longer know the Way. How can we respond to the Anti-Christian spirit in our beloved nation?
We must return to the Apostles--the Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church--to the Eucharist of the truly present Jesus, to His healing grace in confession, to His Sacred written Word, to His Mother in the Rosary, to become the David, and the Jesus, which our sulking Saul of a nation dearly needs.
If they are to crucify our Lord, why not die next to him...as the good thief did? Or, at least stand at the foot of the Cross, unashamed, as Mary and John did--mothering the faith to our children, as beloved disciples.
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