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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says Yahweh Sabaoth" Zach 4:6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dio di Signore, nella Sua volontà è nostra pace!" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Ben Franklin 1759

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Just Say "Ho"!!!!

Yetserday LarryD put up a post called Sluts In Training?. & yes, it is basicly what it sounds like. It starts with a video from a dance contest that features a group of girls about aged 7. Their costumes: bra tops, booty shorts & fishnet sleeves. I could only watch 14 seconds of the video before I stopped it. In my comments I said it looked like a meeting of "Future Strippers & Sluts" Madonna Chapter. (Follow the link to Larry's post to see it, but be warned, it isn't pretty.)
I went on to add: "What in the theological place of eternal damnation are their parents thinking????? They ought to be charged with child abuse & contributing to the delinqency of a minor. As for the people who run the "dance school" that put this on, they ought to be locked up & the key thrown away.
Allowing your daughter to dress up like a putana (whore, slut), so that she gives the impression she is una fica pronta (won't translate this as it would require an X rating for this comment, but I think readers will get the gist of the meaning) is just sick, sick, sick."
Later as I got thinking about this a little more I remembered something from the message of Fatima that seemed to be speaking about this very thing. Jacinta shared that the Blessed Virgin Mary had said: "Certain fashions will be introduced that will offend our Lord very much." The way these prepubescent girls are dressed is definitely way up there on the list of offensive fashions. Jacinta was 7 years old at the time of the apparitions. The same age as these girls. Yet there is a whole world of difference between them.
Another thing that kept crossing my mind was the opening line from the Jethro Tull song Aqualung. "Sitting on a park bench eyeing little girls with bad intent." 40 years ago older men looking at preteen girls as sexual objects was considered sick & perverted. Now the girls are encouraged to dress in such a way that says it is OK for them to be seen as sex objects.
& this specific dance contest isn't the exception these days it is the rule. IMHO, this entire objectifying pre-teens as sexual objects, let alone Madonna & the other pop-tarts, Chippendales etc, is a big part of the agenda of the "culture of death". The ultimate goal of that demonic agenda is to destroy peoples souls so that they end up in hell for all eternity. Mary warned about this at Fatima when she said "More souls go to Hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason."
& these preteen girls being allowed to dress this way definitely falls under this banner. Not so much for the children, but their parents who, by allowing the girls to dress & dance this way, are committing a whole multitude of sins. I know saying that something is sin is not PC these days. In fact, to do so is to be called judgmental. Even to say that people are sinners is a no-no. Calling the sinners is a negative. Yet in paragraph 827 of the Catechism we read "All members of the Church, including her ministers, must acknowledge that they are sinners." But how can you acknowledge that if you don't know you are a sinner because we can't tell you you are?
But calling them sinners also means that we must tell them they can receive forgiveness for those sins. The term is called evangelism. & that is what Papa Benedetto said in his final homily last week in Portugal that we are called to do.
One of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection,” said Peter. His Successor now repeats to each of you: My brothers and sisters, you need to become witnesses with me to the resurrection of Jesus. In effect, if you do not become his witnesses in your daily lives, who will do so in your place? Christians are, in the Church and with the Church, missionaries of Christ sent into the world. This is the indispensable mission of every ecclesial community: to receive from God and to offer to the world the Risen Christ, so that every situation of weakness and of death may be transformed, through the Holy Spirit, into an opportunity for growth and life. To this end, in every Eucharistic celebration, we will listen more attentively to the word of Christ and devoutly taste the bread of his presence. This will make us witnesses, and, even more, bearers of the Risen Jesus in the world, bringing him to the various sectors of society and to all those who live and work there, spreading that “life in abundance” (cf. Jn 10:10) which he has won for us by his cross and resurrection, and which satisfies the most authentic yearnings of the human heart.
We impose nothing, yet we propose ceaselessly, as Peter recommends in one of his Letters: “In your hearts, reverence Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to make a defence to any one who calls you to account for the hope that is in you” (1 Pet 3:15). And everyone, in the end, asks this of us, even those who seem not to. From personal and communal experience, we know well that it is Jesus whom everyone awaits. In fact, the most profound expectations of the world and the great certainties of the Gospel meet in the ineluctable mission which is ours, for “without God man neither knows which way to go, nor even understands who he is. In the face of the enormous problems surrounding the development of peoples, which almost make us yield to discouragement, we find solace in the sayings of our Lord Jesus Christ, who teaches us: ‘Apart from me you can do nothing’ (Jn 15:5) and who encourages us: ‘I am with you always, to the close of the age’ (Mt 28:20)” (
Caritas in Veritate, 78).
Yet even though this certainty consoles and calms us, it does not exempt us from going forth to others. We must overcome the temptation to restrict ourselves to what we already have, or think we have, safely in our possession: it would be sure death in terms of the Church’s presence in the world; the Church, for that matter, can only be missionary, in the outward movement of the Spirit. From its origins, the Christian people has clearly recognized the importance of communicating the Good News of Jesus to those who did not yet know him. In recent years the anthropological, cultural, social and religious framework of humanity has changed; today the Church is called to face new challenges and is ready to dialogue with different cultures and religions, in the search for ways of building, along with all people of good will, the peaceful coexistence of peoples. The field of the mission ad gentes appears much broader today, and no longer to be defined on the basis of geographic considerations alone; in effect, not only non-Christian peoples and those who are far distant await us, but so do social and cultural milieux, and above all human hearts, which are the real goal of the missionary activity of the People of God.
This is the mandate whose faithful fulfilment “must follow the road Christ himself walked, a way of poverty and obedience, of service and of self-sacrifice even unto death, a death from which he emerged victorious by his resurrection” (
Ad Gentes, 5). Yes! We are called to serve the humanity of our own time, trusting in Jesus alone, letting ourselves be enlightened by his word: “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide” (Jn 15:16). How much time we have lost, how must work has been set back, on account of our lack of attention to this point! Everything is to be defined starting with Christ, as far as the origins and effectiveness of mission is concerned: we receive mission always from Christ, who has made known to us what he has heard from his Father, and we are appointed to mission through the Spirit, in the Church. Like the Church herself, which is the work of Christ and his Spirit, it is a question of renewing the face of the earth starting from God, God always and alone." (emphasis mine)
The heart of the message of Fatima was a call to penance. Penance means that a person must acknowledge their life of sin, repent of it, asking pardon of God for those sins & amend their lives. It was a call that is to go out to all the world. It is a message that each of us must proclaim. 1st of all by our own lives, but then sharing the message with others as well.
This message of prayer & penance was again repeated at Akita. It is at the heart of the Divine Mercy message as well. God is calling us to repent. God is calling us to call others to repent so that we can receive his mercy. When we see things like these mini-Madonnas, when we see abortion & artificial birth control being promoted, when we see marriage undermined, we are seeing manifestations of the demonic "culture of death". It is our duty & responsibility to proclaim to the whole world that there is an alternative. An alternative that provides true freedom, true liberty & true life.
That alternative is found in the Gospel message. & it is that message we are called to tell the whole world.

3 Comments:

  • At 16/5/10 7:50 PM , Blogger LarryD said...

    Thanks for the link, Al!

    Great call on the Jethro Tull song. Very apropos!

     
  • At 17/5/10 9:47 PM , Blogger TH2 said...

    Like how you factored in the Fatima message to this post. Excellent commentary and analysis from the Master as per usual.

     
  • At 17/5/10 11:10 PM , Blogger Al said...

    The Fatima connection came naturally since Papa Benedetto was just over there. Things like this are clearly a sign we need the message of the Gospel, esp the penance part as emphasised at Fatima.

     

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