Holding All the Trumps
(Giovanni Battista Torriglia)
In an early and recent presidential debate, candidate Donald Trump was asked a question about specific comments he has made about women. The script of the question suggested that because of some indelicate to indecent sexual references he has made concerning women, Mr. Trump might have difficulty capturing the female vote. He responded to this question in usual Trump fashion – on the offensive – showing his frustration with what he referred to as political correctness run-amuck in our present culture.
People are usually accused of being “politically correct” because of their obsessive calculation and excessive sensitivity in avoiding certain behavior or language that might offend or upset a particular group of persons. By avoiding certain language for instance they are, in essence, not saying what they really want to say or are only saying what an overprotective and domineering culture expects or demands they say. The politically-correct are thus those who have given in to an overly sensitive society which now “empowered,” controls and restricts speech and behavior.
Now to the extent that political-correctness discourages open and honest discourse about serious civil and social subjects, it should be condemned for the dialogue killer that it is. Freedom, especially religious freedom, demands that political correctness should be prevented from lending any advantage to the self-proclaimed disadvantaged for the purpose of political control, without recourse to justice. In fact, it is the role of justice to sort out what is correct (i.e. right and wrong) from what is considered correct just because it is practical or beneficial to a particular group of people.
One of the main reasons that political correctness is so prevalent in our culture is that our culture has become so political in its determination of what is correct. Once correctness becomes solely the determination “of the people” or more accurately the decision of those who claim to speak for the people, (the people themselves now too sedentary to decide for themselves), then those of us who perceive that there are such things as right and wrong must be censured and silenced as a threat to the new majority - a majority which still demands to be treated with sensitivity as a disadvantaged minority.
There was once a time when conservatives and liberals were religious, or at least reasonable, and so could contribute the best of their perceptions to the common good. However, religion and virtue have both been politicized, and conservatives and liberals have both been polarized. Both sides act as if the political arena is the only place that correctness can be decided. Both sides have neglected the moral arena.
We are now living in an individualistic society that cares little for moral correctness. Our recent political debate confirmed this. If I had been on the panel of debate moderators, I would have asked the question of Mr. Trump differently, so that it did not reference a specific political outcome: will women vote for you – but so that it referenced a general moral outcome: is such language or behavior moral; and does it make for good or bad citizens. That once again Mr. Trump would have likely protested a question about virtue as unacceptable to the debate, or that the well-dressed manikins standing next to him would have been glad to remain frozen just to avoid the question, or that the smiley and smug debate moderators would be too concerned with the stardom of the evening than to have any interest or guts to even consider asking such a question, is some indication that all of them appear to care little for moral correctness.
Moral correctness trumps political correctness every time. As Catholics we should try our very best to live not for the approval of others (political correctness) but for the approval of God (moral correctness). By doing so, we will always be courageous in standing up to the domination of others, while always being courteous in preserving the dignity of others.
Be in the Presence of Jesus: On Easter Day some of Jesus' disciples who knew of his suffering and death on the cross just two days prior, were walking and talking and probably lamenting over the horrific crucifixion of the person they thought was the Messiah, the Savior of the world. They were on their way to Emmaus, a town some seven miles distant from Jerusalem. The resurrected Jesus caught up with them, "but their eyes were kept from recognizing him." (Lk 24:16) They told Jesus of the great prophet who had been delivered up to death, and that even now his body was not in the tomb where his disciples had laid him. They did not undrstand.
Jesus therefore explained to them all the prophecies concerning the Messiah and how he was to suffer and all the mysteries that related to him and their hearts were "burning" inside them at his words and presence. Then Jesus, "took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight." (Lk 24:30-31).
The Eucharist is an eye-opener! It is in the Eucharist that Catholics most recognize Jesus here on earth. It is important to note that St. Luke in his gospel states that the disciples recognized Jesus in the breaking of the bread and not in the "bread" itself. This is because the bread was no longer mere bread but the same Body of Christ that the Lord fed his Apostles at The Last Supper. This post-Easter encounter on the way to Emmaus was a training session in the Real Presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Jesus the physical person vanished, however Jesus the Holy Eucharist remained! It is in the blessing and breaking - the consecration of the bread into the Body of Christ - that the Church was expected to recognize Jesus until his Second Coming.
It takes grace and faith to recognize Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. In the Eucharist, one's eyes are kept from recognizing him, however one's mind and heart and soul burns in recognition. Catholics must pray fervently for this grace and the grace of Adoration, and the best place to do this is before the Lord in the Holy Eucharist.
Come to the parish church of St. Francis Xavier of Acushnet and pray before the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. It is only in doing so that you will come to greater understanding by being in the Real Presence of Jesus, just as the men on their way to Emmaus recognized Jesus, only after he vanished from their sight, in the Most Holy Eucharist.
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September 5th: is our next scheduled Day with Mary here at St. Francis Xavier Parish. The day begins at 7:50am with a video presentation about Mary's appearance at Fatima and concludes at 2:50pm with an enrollment in the Brown Scapular associated with Our Lady of Mount Carmel. There will be time for Silent Adoration, the Holy Rosary, and a short procession. Holy Mass on that Saturday will be celebrated at 10:00am. For a full schedule please call the parish office or see the posting in the church.
September 5th: The next First Friday Mass will be held Friday, September 5th. Masses will be celebra- ted at 9am and 6pm. Come pay homage to the Sacred Heart of Jesus!
Parish Blood Drive: We are ready to resume our parish blood drives as of Sunday, October 4th. On that day we will have a large blood donation van on-site in our parking lot to take donations from 7:30am to 1:15pm. Parishioners are asked to sign up as donors at the entrance to the church. Giving blood is a true corporeal work of mercy! Thanks for giving of your very self - FOR LIFE!
The Memorial of God's Archangels: will be celebrated in the Church's liturgy on Tuesday, September 29th. On this day Steven Guillotte, our parish Pastoral Services Director, will lead a Chaplet of Saint Michael at 6:00pm in the parish church. All are welcome to join us in praying this beautiful chaplet in honor of Saints Michael, Gabriel and Raphael. Please stay for 6:30 Evening rayer on that night if you are so inclined.
Adult Ed is Back! Starting in October. Please see the new schedule listed under the Faith Formation tab on the main menu for a quick listing of dates or click here for a full explanation of all 10 sessions.
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