Saturday, March 14, 2015
(More news yesterday on Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade. I am in a time crunch but wanted to let readers know that I wrote to MA and National KofC leadership and share my email with you.)
Dear Brothers in Christ,
As you are aware, yesterday Boston's gay pride parade organizers were officially entered into the St. Patrick's Day gay pride parade.
This lewd and lascivious group, whose parade floats include nudity and simulating sodomy, said 'they do not know how many of their members are going to march in the St. Patrick's Day parade.
You've got to be kidding us with the farcical screed circulated by KofC leadership and posted on the MA KofC website.
The Knights of Columbus had no business joining an event that disclosed to underage children and families what kind of sex the marchers are having and asked them to clap for it.
What's the next showcase and recruiting event? At a strip club on LaGrange Street?
The conduct of an event and overall message to the people watching it is a critical factor in the judgment of Catholic apostolate participation. The sophomoric cheap shot blaming your critics for your own poor judgment obscures a valuable lesson to be learned.
Mayors Walsh and Menino repeatedly made clear during their tenure they will not let us practice and teach our religion. The Archbishop conceded our right to practice and teach our religion and has handed his people over oppression. The men underneath him are following his lead. There were a handful of men in town willing to say the interference and obstruction of our government and demoralization our children was wrong.
The time to attempt to enter the public square to showcase and retain our values in our family events happens as the politicians are applying pressure.
Our archbishops have to strap on their big boy pants make the right statements to the press. That parade has a Catholic Saints name on it. The Archbishops people marched in it and observed it. His responsibilities are not limited to things the Chancery sponsors. His job includes involvement in the unconstitutional interference with the practice of our religion. He can't indulge and honor or be gaga for politicians as they are defeating their flock.
The Knights of Columbus has to get into the game as families are under attack. They can't force Catholics to host gay marriages at their halls. They can't support the election of baby murderers and politicians who will demoralize our people. They can't appoint them as parade marshals.
The time to 'showcase our values' with this parade has passed. We needed you for the last 23 years. We did not have the troops and the parade has become a public event asking children to applaud homosexual sex.
This situation is not going to get better any time soon. Over the past few days, Pope Francis announced he is "a real wimp". Something observers of the papacy of endorsing immoral conduct and attacking faithful Catholics have suspected for some time.
We need to get our act together.
I would invite each of you to read Don Bosco's vision, pray on it in front of the Blessed Sacrament. I have posted the critical mass below. We are in the midst of it. Good times are ahead. We need good men and timing of when and what we do is critical.
When the enemy sets fire to our treasures, that is the time to rush to the scene with your hoses. Don't use your apostolate to help elect or empower the arsonists. Don't join the arsonists victory parade after they have pillaged and destroyed over the bodies of the valiant men who tried to preserve our rights and our faith.
In Christ, cm
Mother, Grandmother and blogger
Don Bosco's Dream:
Try to picture yourselves with me on the seashore, or, better still, on an outlying cliff with no other land in sight. The vast expanse of water is covered with a formidable array of ships in battle formation, prows fitted with sharp spear-like beaks capable of breaking through any defence. All are heavily armed with cannons, incendiary bombs, and firearms of all sorts - even books - and are heading toward one stately ship, mightier than them all. As they try to close in, they try to ram it, set it afire, and cripple it as much as possible.
"This stately vessel is shielded by a flotilla escort. Winds and waves are with the enemy. In this midst of this endless sea, two solid columns, a short distance apart, soar high into the sky: one is surmounted by a statue of the Immaculate Virgin at whose feet a large inscription reads: Help of Christians; the other, far loftier and sturdier, supports a [Communion] Host of proportionate size and bears beneath it the inscription Salvation of believers.
"The flagship commander - the Roman Pontiff [the Pope]- seeing the enemy's fury and his auxiliary ships very grave predicament, summons his captains to a conference. However, as they discuss their strategy, a furious storm breaks out and they must return to their ships. When the storm abates, the Pope again summons his captains as the flagship keeps on its course. But the storm rages again. Standing at the helm, the Pope strains every muscle to steer his ship between the two columns from whose summits hang many anchors and strong hooks linked to chains.
"The entire enemy fleet closes in to intercept and sink the flagship at all costs. They bombard it with everything they have: books and pamphlets, incendiary bombs, firearms, cannons. The battle rages ever more furious. Beaked prows ram the flagship again and again, but to no avail, as, unscathed and undaunted, it keeps on its course. At times a formidable ram splinters a gaping hole into its hull, but, immediately, a breeze from the two columns instantly seals the gash.
"Meanwhile, enemy cannons blow up, firearms and beaks fall to pieces, ships crack up and sink to the bottom. In blind fury the enemy takes to hand-to-hand combat, cursing and blaspheming. Suddenly the Pope falls, seriously wounded. He is instantly helped up but, struck down a second time, dies. A shout of victory rises from the enemy and wild rejoicing sweeps their ships. But no sooner is the Pope dead than another takes his place. The captains of the auxiliary ships elected him so quickly that the news of the Pope's death coincides with that of his successor's election. The enemy's self-assurance wanes.
"Breaking through all resistance, the new Pope steers his ship safely between the two columns and moors it to the two columns; first to the one surmounted by the Host, and then to the other, topped by the statue of the Virgin. At this point something unexpected happens. The enemy ships panic and disperse, colliding with and scuttling each other. Some auxiliary ships which had gallantly fought alongside their flagship are the first to tie up at the two columns.
"Many others, which had fearfully kept far away from the fight, stand still, cautiously waiting until the wrecked enemy ships vanish under the waves. Then, they too head for the two columns, tie up at the swinging hooks, and ride safe and tranquil beside their flagship. A great calm now covers the sea."
At this point Don Bosco asked one of the priests present for his views. He replied that he thought that the flagship symbolised the Church headed by the Pope, with the ships representing mankind and the sea as an image of the world. The ships defending the flagship he equated with the laity and the attackers with those trying to destroy the Church, while the two columns represented devotion to Mary and the Eucharist.
He did not mention the death of the Pope and neither did Don Bosco in his reply, in which he agreed with what the priest had said, while adding that the enemy ships symbolised persecutions:
"Very grave trials await the Church. What we have suffered so far is almost nothing compared to what is going to happen. The enemies of the Church are symbolised by the ships which strive their utmost to sink the flagship. Only two things can save us in such a grave hour: devotion to Mary and frequent Communion. Let us do our very best to use these two means and have others use them everywhere."