Tuesday, January 20, 2009

thoughts on the inauguration

Okay, I may just be the only one in America who did not pay one bit of attention to what was going on in DC today. My husband caught bits of it, and the kids watched it at school. I'm glad for that. We talked about it at supper, and I encouraged them to remember where they were and what they were doing when they witnessed this historical moment. America has sworn in its first black president. That is something to be proud of. I only wish...
I think we can all agree, that wishing won't get us far though. So now what?
A friend shared these words from Father John Corapi. I thought they were worthy of sharing.
News Flash: WE WIN!
As we prepare to enter a new era in politics and perhaps society in general, keep something in mind: WE WIN! No matter what political party is in power at a given point in time, in the end those that remain faithful to Jesus Christ win the war. We may have to fight many battles outnumbered and even despised and looked upon as criminals and outcasts by a society that is unraveling and degenerating into something no one could have imagined.What matters is that we run the race to the finish line and fight the good fight. Don’t “go with the flow,” for as the great Archbishop Fulton Sheen reminds us, “Dead bodies float downstream.” More than ever we shall have to be strong in the faith. Regular and worthy reception of the sacraments, constant prayer, and rigorous study of the faith is now essential, not merely a luxury. The front line and primary battle is going to be the fight for life: the dignity of every human life from the moment of conception to the last moment of natural life. If we lose that one, every other battle space will be compromised. If the government succeeds in establishing abortion as an inalienable “right”, then the elderly and sick will be next. It will then be a short and slippery step to the government deciding who lives and dies regardless of their inherent human dignity.If you don’t already pray the Rosary every day, please start at once. The prayer of the holy Rosary is the prayer of the holy Gospel, and that means it is the prayer of the Good News Who is Jesus Christ, the LIFE of the world. Many saints will be forged in the crucible of the coming years. Make sure you are among them.
God bless you,Fr. John Corapi


Anonymous said...

I so agree with you--it's an important moment in history and I told my kids almost the same thing. That one day they will be telling their childrens children all about the inauguration of the first "colored" man--I just can't call him African American when he's not fully. I have to admit I only listened to the really stupid poem that was read, that was about it. BTW; I didn't watched it because President Obama is colored either, I just had lots to do.

Anyway, check out the Catholic Telegrach-Jan 16, on pg 5--Letters--Hypocrites. That letter would make you say "WHAT??"

Anonymous said...

Jamie--I love your blog. As a mother of young children, I love reading about your journey as it helps me on my own journey.

I just wanted to point out that referring to someone of mixed race as "colored" is extremely offensive. I don't think the commentor meant it to be but it is and in raising awareness, I wanted to bring it up. You all seem like extremely kind people and I didn't want that to tarnish your blog.

Best of luck with your family.

jamie said...

Anon, thanks for clarifying. I think you're right that no harm was intended, but appreciate you're calling it to my attention. I'm afraid my own ignorance can lead me to be politically incorrect in these modern times, so always open to constructive criticism. Thanks amd apologies.

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