Really powerful observations all around. I hate to bring up something so seemingly “churchy” but as dear Sister Nancy Kennedy said in high school religion class, “It’s not what you do it’s ‘why’ you do.” I have had to back-engineer why God would hammer us with the Fatima message of the Immaculate Heart as empowered to bring world peace. It’s not what we do, it’s ‘why’ we do–our purity of intent. And that’s not easily visible when folks are acting charitably and taking kids on sports outings, eh? So the invincibility and triumph of that purest of hearts, the Immaculate Heart, is of prime importance especially as the only way to give devotion to the Immaculate Heart is to strive to have purity of intent one’s self, to keep checking on ourselves to insure we retain a pure heart.
I have also had to embrace that powerful charism given to the Blessed Virgin to lovingly endure grievous sorrow while continuing to do God’s will “that the thoughts of all may be revealed.” This, too, must be of prime importance. Secrecy is a characteristic of Gnosticism and Babylonian Mystery Religions and Satanism and, for that matter, sin itself. God wanted the Gospel to be taught universally. No secret doctrines here. And sin is to be confessed to another. Augustine took it fully public. The point isn’t to humiliate the repentant, it is to reveal those chosing the darkness of secrecy. Secrecy like that is a type of lying, a censorship of truth. Let the Way, Truth and Life be known to all.
At my college, there was a degree of immunity from criminal charges for those dwelling in the athletic dorm. Yet the college system itself keeps a campus insular because, even though crime rates can be rather high, the reputation of the university is all. So there are campus police who may or may not pass on cases to the “real” cops. And I agree that Penn State should take a voluntary vacation from football.
I was, today, discussing the diabolic disconnect of sex from marriage; and marriage from bearing children; and I believe this has and will continue to lead to increased depravity. And it is to that end that I pray that “the thoughts of all may be revealed” and cleansed by the merciful Sacred Heart.