08 November 2008

Post-Election Thoughts

I wrote this as a Facebook note late election night (probably early, early November 5 actually):

Tonight has been very hard for me. Watching the television and hearing the mobs honk and yell outside my dorm, I am tempted to give up all hope and sink deep into depression. After thinking and praying, though, I am more convinced that we cannot be duped into this. So here is what I think we ought to do...

Actually, first, let me express my deep disappointment with people who have helped elect Barack Obama to the presidency. Shame on you. You, especially those of you who call yourself a follower of Jesus Christ, should be so ashamed. If you are a Catholic, you need to go to confession. Catholic or not, if you call yourself a Christian you need to get on your knees and cry out to God for forgiveness. You have helped bring to power the most pro-abortion candidate in our history. When (if, actually.. I will fight this) the Freedom of Choice Act becomes law, know that you helped expand abortions to their greatest extent since Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton. If you tried to explain away your vote by saying that Obama's policies will reduce abortions, stop it! Our God is not mocked. Repent or you will answer for the blood of the unborn.

Now, that is out of the way. What must we do now that Barack Obama has been elected? First, we must pray. Pray every day and every night as we have been doing. Remember 2 Chronicles 7:14- we must pray, seek the face of the Lord, and turn from our wicked ways. Then He will forgive us our sins and heal our land. Pray for the unborn, pray for their mothers, pray for the conversion of the pro-abortion government leaders.

Other than pray, what else? I mentioned the Freedom of Choice Act. We must petition our representatives and senators to fight this bill in the next Congress. Barack Obama has already said that he will sign this bill into law. Perhaps the Democrats don't have 60 senate seats to block a filibuster, but they might not need 60 Democrats. Just because a senator is a Republican doesn't mean he's pro-life. Look at Arlen Specter for goodness sake. Find out who your representatives are, and write to them if they will be in the 111th Congress. Let them know that support of FOCA will be their last mistake as your representative.

Did I mention pray?

Lastly, don't give up. I am reminded by quite possibly one of the most beautiful songs: a forty-part motet called Spem in alium. Here is an English translation:

I have never put my hope in any other but in you,
O God of Israel
who can show both anger
and graciousness,
and who absolves all the sins of suffering man
Lord God,
Creator of Heaven and Earth
be mindful of our humiliation.

I have never put my hope in any other but in you, O God. He is in control.

06 November 2008

I Need a Retreat

I need a retreat. Too bad I can't even get away from school for a weekend.

Don't even want to talk about the election...

Lord have mercy.

01 November 2008

A Liturgical Story in Pictures

I'd just like to share three pictures with all of you. Each is of a different stage in the life of the famous 'Altar of the Chair' at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

Above- the old high altar, marble, against the wall for Mass said versus Deum.

Above- the modern bronze anvil style altar that was put in under the reign of the liberal wreckovators. The beautiful marble altar against the wall was removed and replaced by a less aesthetically pleasing altar.

Now under Pope Benedict XVI- the old new altar is gone, and an absolutely beautiful traditional altar sits in its place.

Thank God for the Holy Father!