Alien Nation

I am a middle aged, middle income, traditional Catholic female and I don’t belong here anymore.

The nation I have loved all my life has rebelled, like some arrogant teenager who smugly tells his mother and father that he knows more than they do. It’s been coming on for some time, but I’ve always comforted myself with the thought that I stood with a silent majority that was just too busy working and striving and living and dying to voice their concerns about where the culture of our nation was headed.

Forty years or so after the cultural and sexual revolution began, the “teenagers” have won, the silent majority is a minority, and this nation — on an executive level — has become alien ground to me and many others.

This is not just inaugural griping, this is the realization that our nation has finally, officially embraced the post-modern world; that, in addition to media elitists and collegiate intellectuals spreading nihilism, we finally have a U.S. president who embodies such a culture. Propelled into office by voter greed, Barack Obama will now lead the nation that leads the world, using his successful blend of atheistic humanism and political manipulation that make for easy-to-digest sound bytes. The immoralists are no longer only in the ivory towers, they are in the White House, not to mention the courts, the educational systems and the financial industries. And most Americans don’t mind at all or are too busy or distracted to notice.

obama.jpgThe U.S. has unequivocally, unabashedly and electorally embraced a subjective reality where truth is changeable, depending upon how it can serve our pocketbooks and our uninformed consciences.

“Every generation feels the same way, and yet the nation survives,” you may say. But I say our nation is dying and it’s closer to its death throes now than ever before in its history. The United States is 233 years old and it is creaking under the weight of its own arrogance.

“In the end Christ will triumph and the His truth will be vindicated,” you may also say, and I concur with a grateful heart. I thank God for His promises, which I know He will keep. But between now and His triumph could be the end of the great American experiment. Christ never promised the U.S.A. would be around to welcome His victory, and it’s not alarmist to say that our beloved nation may well fall before that glorious day arrives.

Stop. Before you click the “comment” link, stay with me a while longer because here’s where this article takes a surprising turn towards optimism. After two months of pondering what this new presidency and administration will wreak upon unborn babies, legitimate marriage, public education, health care and a bevy of other life-altering issues, I maintain there is opportunity alongside this heartache. In God’s universe, thanks to His mercy and providence, there always is.

The universal struggle between good and evil, between Christ and His enemies has now taken center stage in this nation. For decades most American Catholics have lived relatively comfortably by accepting shades of gray. Little by little the grays became darker as more of the Church’s moral teachings were questioned, ignored and rejected. Now, the gray areas have turned to blackness. It is no longer possible for lukewarm Catholics to remain faithful. The gray areas are gone. American Catholics will either embrace the white light of Truth or accept the darkness.

So where does this leave aliens like me? Totally reliant upon God, and for many of us it will be the first time in our lives. I used to define myself as an American Catholic, but now I realize I am a Catholic in America. The nation I used to depend upon to accept my spiritual composition is gone. No longer does our citizenship agree that our laws are, and should be, based on Judeo-Christian concepts. No longer can a Christian assume his moral beliefs will be given fair representation or even toleration in the public forum.

As aliens, we have an important role to play as keepers of the faith on hostile soil. Here’s our opportunity to get off the fence on every controversial issue that offends God and start pulling our weight as Catholics in America. Many Catholics already are very publicly defending Christ and His Gospel truths. Most aren’t. Are you defending Christ in America? Am I?

This era, just beginning, represents our time in the long history of the Catholic Church to accept suffering, offer prayers and penance, and do battle in the public forum so that the voice of Christ can be heard. It is our turn to live as Catholics who look only to the magisterium of the Church for instruction on true human dignity and authentic social justice.

We will join Catholics from around the world who “lost” their countries long ago — Italians, Greeks, Slavs, Chinese, Russians and others who have already inured themselves to the agonies of living in an atheistic nation, one that they used to love with patriotic fervor but now are estranged from. We will lean on the rich Catholic tradition of the Church Militant and go on living in an alien nation while fortifying ourselves with the Word Made Flesh, He who makes His dwelling among aliens the world over.

Are you up to this challenge? As Americans, we’ve grown undisciplined, flabby and unused to suffering. We can’t bear the pain of unpopularity; how will we bear persecution? And it is coming. With this new administration we have the makings of unprecedented Christian persecutions in our nation that will make martyrs and saints of many who stand up for Truth. You won’t have to be a political activist to have it thrust upon you: parents, clergy, health care providers, teachers, workers of all kinds will find themselves facing moral issues that assault the foundations of the Catholic faith. Which issue will be the one that forces Catholics like you and me to confront how shallow our relationship with Christ has been? Which issue will finally inspire us to make the commitment to “put out into the deep,” whatever the cost?

Blessed Mother Theresa of Calcutta, after visiting our great nation years ago, said she pitied us our “poverty.” She understood the seriousness of the spiritual poverty that the U.S. suffered. We may be on the brink of changing that poverty, one Catholic, one Christian at a time.

The history of the Church is one of suffering and triumph. From that perspective, the Obama presidency could be the beginning of a great renewal of Christianity in America, if each of us lives the faith the way Christ calls us to. So in an important way, this article is not about losing a nation, so much as gaining a deeper relationship with Jesus, the King of all nations. We, who have always assumed that our nation would validate our faith, now find it must be validated only by God.

“[T]he new age has begun; and…much must now pass away,” Gandalf says in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. Let it pass. With prayerful renewal and faithful responses, we can find that God alone will suffice. Then maybe, in small ways that have great power, we can work to bring our beloved nation back to God.

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  • http://www.tell-usa.og Bob

    Well, Doreen Truesdell, I’m not sure if you’re quite so pessimistic as author/columnist, Cal Thomas. In one of his columns after the November election, Thomas argued that political action by Christians in America had proven futile. Therefore, he said, we need to stop wasting time on attempts to change public policy. Instead Thomas urges that we turn from politics to works of charity.
    On the contrary, however, I would argue that Christians in this “Alien Nation,” as you put it, are in a situation similar to what Roman Christians faced twelve years into the 4th century, AD. Unlike Thomas / Truesdell and their ilk, the early 4th century Christians did not abandon political hope. They fought optimistically and with revolutionary fervor against the ruler of Rome, Maxentius. Instead of merely offering prayers for the tyrant (as per 1 Timothy 2:1-4), Christian citizens of the Roman Empire infused their charity with tough love and then followed Constantine and his sky born vision – including the instruction. “in this sign conquer.” (See the Battle of the Milvian Bridge, 412, AD)
    But if we are unwilling, as citizens, to consider tactics that are radical, then we might as well follow Thomas and Truesdell and give up the fight to direct America’s future.
    For those who are not ready to give up on restoring America the Beautiful, let us take a page from salvation history, go outside the system, and press for a counterrevolution under the radical half of the fifth Article in the U.S. Constitution. On how an Article V convention might work, see the fourth chapter in Treatise on Twelve Lights, http://www.tell-usa.org

  • Claire

    I’m right there with you! I’m on Facebook, and I’m so sick of all the comments about how exciting this inauguration is, etc. I try not to be too “in your face” on people’s walls, but yesterday I couldn’t take it anymore and did express myself in response to a pro-Obama comment that my best friend had posted.

  • KathyD

    I was reflecting recently how I am only beginning to understand what Sister meant when she explained to my confirmation class in 1965 that we were becoming “soldiers of Christ”. Doreen, I am honored to be serving with you. My hope is in the Lord.

  • asquared

    I think for every American Catholic who has until now successfully evaded living his faith in the marketplace, the next 4-8 years will be the time he can no longer avoid the confrontation between his professed faith and his actions. Each will have to choose publicly and irrevocably. Some have already moved to the dark side, but some, and there will be public figures who surprise us, will choose the Light. And those will be some who have been most strident up until now. The key to this will first be the behavior of those of us who have professed to be in the right–will we abandon the field now that the initial skirmishes and guerrilla warfare are over and the armies are massing for the big battle. Already I hear despair and defeatism from the scattered clans who style themselves “the pro-life movement”. If the “movement” can really unite and make common cause we will win inevitably, in God’s time, not ours. As long as pro-lifers prefer their own self-righteousness to victory, we will be unheard.

    For my generation it was civil rights where you had to make your stand. For my parents’ generation it was saving the Jews, and each previous generation has had to make a stand, to choose, and to live or die by that choice. This is the true test of my children’s generation. I hope we have prepared them for battle.

  • http://jesusonthestreets.blogspot.com/ greenmomforjesus

    Thankfully, Our Hope is in the Lord, though it is sad that much of the nation believes their hope is in Obama.

    Today’s first Psalm for the Liturgy of Hours is appropriate:

    Psalm 42 (43)
    Vindicate me, Lord:
    judge my case against an unholy nation,
    rescue me from betrayers, from the wicked.
    For you are the God of my refuge;
    why have you rejected me?
    why must I suffer while my enemies torment me?

    Send forth your light and your truth;
    let them lead me away,
    let them lead me up your holy mountain,
    up to your sanctuary.
    I shall go in to the altar of God,
    to the God of my gladness and joy.
    I will sing out to you on the lyre,
    O God, my God.

    Why are you so sad, my soul,
    and anxious within me?
    Put your hope in the Lord, I will praise him still,
    my saviour and my God.

    Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
    as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
    world without end.
    Amen.

  • http://catholichawk.com PrairieHawk

    Doreen,

    Ditto to all you said. But if I may now quote the Lord of the Rings, it is as Aragorn said to the young boy called to fight in the Battle of Helm’s Deep: “There is always hope.”

    We can start by looking to our foundations. Our founding principles have not changed, even if they are no longer being lived. This country is still a nation where a man or a woman is free to seek God’s will for his life and to seek his destiny under the hand of his Creator. If government hinders us, then we will have found our calling: to be bearers of the Truth, to bring the Light into the dark places of the world so that it shines in the heart of every man, woman, and child.

    God would not have given us, American Catholics, this challenge unless we were capable of bearing it, and bearing it well for him. So be not afraid! The future is, indeed, full of hope. God bless America.

  • http://cradlerocker624.blogspot.com/ madhattertea

    Thanks for the wonderful article. I too feel like I’m surrounded by Obama ‘pod people’ chanting ‘Obama Obama, he’s the one, he’s goona save us, he’s gonna change the world”

    >shivers<

    LOrd have mercy on the USA.

    madeline

  • elkabrikir

    Now I know why my 16 year old son told me to read this article, first thing, this morning.

    Doreen, you have synthesized perfectly what I’ve been trying to articulate on every level.

    Unfortunately, I do think the sun is a setting one for America. However, I feel blessed to live now, as I believe we are being “sifted”. What an honor to stand up and fight for Christ!

    The victory for our soul lies in the fight, not the apparent worldly outcome. What a grace to perceive the world as it is and lament over “Jerusalem” alongside Christ.

    One of my favorite lines from literature comes from a book, “The Ginger Tree”. The protagonist says, “I am a stranger in a foreign land”. Regardless of the State of the Nation, our true home is the mansion God has built for us with him in the heavenly court.

    I am not fatalistic, which is one reason I continue having children. They are a sign of hope! They bring joy to the world. Ironically, those who are getting their own way, feel so hopeless that they’re aborting and sterilizing themselves into extinction. And that’s the fruit of the Culture of Death.

    We may only be a remnant, but it was the remnant who entered the Promised Land with Joshua.

    Thanks Doreen and CE.

    Oh! Miracles DO occur! It’s snowing in sunny South Carolina!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Mary Kochan

    Not surprised you are getting snow now Stacy; my piece of GA got it last night. Not enough for the kids to do anything with though. I bought three flats of pansies two weeks ago and we went into such a deep freeze that I haven’t put them out yet. I keep bringing them in the house every night.

    I thought things came out funny this morning on the CE front page, because I did not know what image was going to be with the lead article when I put the link in the box last night to Do People See Jesus When They Look at You? Then when I saw the image this morning, I thought, “That’s got a kind of double meaning since so many people seem to think they are looking at their messiah when they see Obama.”

    I turned on NPR yesterday and this morning to hear the news, but both times I have had to turn it off because I just could not stand to hear the over-the-top comments about Obama any more. I have never heard so much adulation over a political figure in my life. It is just unbelievable. I understand why from a racial “civil rights” perspective this is so historic. I don’t begrudge the joy for older black people who went through so much. I have a racially mixed family and I understand something of what it is to live with racism, so when they say things like “I never dreamed I could live to see this” I do understand. But the personal nature of the adulation that is being heaped on this guy is insane. I almost feel sorry for him and wonder what they are going to do to him when they find out that he cannot walk on water.

  • dennisofraleigh

    Mary, if life imitates art, then truly we are seeing Orwell’s *1984* materialize before our very eyes. This is no inauguration. This is an institutional coronation of someone akin to America’s first “emperor,” courtesy of Big Academia, Big Journalism, Big Entertainment, and a complacent and amoral Big Business sector(e.g. look at how many corporations are caving into the “same-sex” benefits pressure from the PC crowd, and how many of them are pouring money into engines of social destruction like Planned Parenthood Federation of America).
    Elkabrikir has the right idea. Fatalism is not justified (discouragement in the face of the present state of affairs, certainly) when we know that ultimately the victory is not ours to “win” but Christ’s. We would be well served to pull down a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and reread Sections 675 thru 677. We often hear the mantra of how the Church is building the Kingdom of God on earth by the advancement of social justice, the reduction of poverty, etc. I truly think too many Catholics see the new emperor’s ascent to the throne as some kind of step in the direction of social progress (Claire’s Facebook friends may be among that number). The advancement of the forces of anti-life (on a broad front–sex ed, abortion, “family planning” programs both here and abroad, and the specter of FOCA becoming law) someone never make it on to their “social justice” radar. Talk about Catholics getting ecstatic over the new deck chairs on the Titanic!

  • MICHAEL

    In my weak human state I am anxious about the future because I do fear where this man will be leading us. Yet, this anxiousness and fear must be overcome and can only be done so with, in and through Our Savior and His Blessed Mother. I will render under God today rather than to Caesar through prayer- prayer for Mr. Obama and his administration and pray for our nation and our world. Hope can never be lost and it is not a coincidence that the first reading at Mass today is Hebrews 6:10-20:
    Hebrews 6: 10 – 20
    ——————————————————————————–

    10 For God is not so unjust as to overlook your work and the love which you showed for his sake in serving the saints, as you still do.
    11 And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness in realizing the full assurance of hope until the end,
    12 so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
    13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself,
    14 saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.”
    15 And thus Abraham, having patiently endured, obtained the promise.
    16 Men indeed swear by a greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation.
    17 So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he interposed with an oath,
    18 so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God should prove false, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us.
    19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner shrine behind the curtain,
    20 where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest for ever after the order of Melchiz’edek.

    ——————————————————————————–
    AMEN

  • http://devinrose.heroicvirtuecreations.com/blog/ Devin Rose

    Great article: I agree that it is now becoming harder to be a lukewarm Catholic; the barbarians are being welcomed through the gates, as Fr. John Courtney Murray, S.J. forewarned: http://woodstock.georgetown.edu/library/Murray/whtt_intro_1958a.htm

    Let us stand up for Christ in every sphere, whether in the media, legislature, university, or public square, and proclaim the truth of the Gospel.

  • redwallabbey13

    Like so many, I am in full agreement (except a willingness to admit I am middle-aged!). I will hope, as will others, I will continue our work – both political and charitiable and I will look into my children’s eyes – all 11 of them – and help them to do the same. Perhaps, in time, w/ families like mine and others, our children will live to see the day when an unabashedly Christian leader is elected, the media will embrace him/her as they do Obama and the sun will arise anew for our country. They will have the euphoria seen today in the faces of so many who never thought they’d see the day! They will have worked to reclaim our country for Christ. And as outlandish as this may seem, today especially, it could happen.

  • siobhan32

    Father John Corapi has said a zillion times, when the darkness surrounds you, look to the Light, to the Son! Amen.

  • http://hisdaughter02.blogspot.com/ karinann

    This was a great column. I woke up this morning with a feeling of dread.And I do feel like a stranger in a foreign land. In some ways I’m glad I feel like that because I know that this is not home! Yes, this truly is a historic day- in more ways than one and not all positive. I am grateful for the optimistic part of your column. I needed that reminder today. God can and does bring good out of evil. It is time to ready ourselves to fight for Christ. All battles need to be prepared for. As Fr. Corapi also says, “If you can’t even make it to the battlefield, how are you going to fight?” Catholics need to “put on the armor of Christ” as St. Paul tells us.

  • kent4jmj

    I am heartened by the responses to this article. For the most part folks seem to be responding from a solid Faith perspective. While seeing that things are not good there is no excuse to throw in the towel. As the bankruptcy of the political, social and moral positions of this post-modern culture, as represented by Obama, become painfully clear there is an opportunity to Evangelize our pagan society. I try to give Obama and folks like him the benefit of the doubt in this way, that they are well intentioned but woefuly misinformed.

  • MichelleGA

    “Obama Pod People” LOL! Oh, that gave me a good laugh, and I needed it. I woke up sad this morning, with a heavy heart. It is like mourning but on a smaller scale. I knew I would feel better by coming to this site.

    There is some strange excitement within me along with this mourning. I think our family has been slowly prepared for some sort of “sifting” as elkabrikir mentioned. I’ve known for a long time it was coming, and now it will be good to “get on with it”. I pray our preparation has made us brave, strong soldiers.

  • Loretta

    The higher the pedestal, the harder the fall.

    How much do you believe in prayer?
    Prayer and sacrifice.
    More powerful than we imagine.

  • joanspage

    If we see Obama as evil before he acts, if we call his supporters greedy when most of them are struggling and if we shun him and them completely, then we are aliens.

    This moment lof unity we see tgoda is our best chance to change things. Withdrawing from the process becauase we lost is folly.

    Catholics should be engaged in a lovingly and kind way with the first black president. We should never compromise our beliefs but we should never become bitter.

    Catholicism and conservatism arte not the same. Cesar Chavez, Dorothy Day, Robert Kennedy knew this.

    We have sought to end abortion by changing laws. We myust change hearts.

    I love Obama as Christ loves him. I pray for him. Let us begin by doing those to things and trusting God.

  • joanspage

    I am Joan’s page, a man.

  • kent4jmj

    “If we see Obama as evil before he acts…” Obama’s positions already betray a great deal of evil. He is for FOCA.

    His economic policies betray a lack of respect for the Constitutional Right to private property.

    He also clearly goes against the 2nd Ammendment.

    ETC. …

    Pray for him by all means. I and my family do almost daily in the Rosary. But that does not mean we can’t critically assess the man and voice our concerns and opposition in the public arena. Especially if those concerns are the result of the knowledge and wisdom that comes through our faith.

  • kent4jmj

    From Canadian Mark Mallet

    SO… what if Obama begins to bring stability to the world? What if foreign tensions begin to ease? What if the war in Iraq seems to conclude? What if racial tensions ease? What if the stock markets begin to rebound? What if there appears to be a new peace in the world?

    Then I would tell you it is a false peace. For there can be no real and lasting peace when death in the womb is enshrined as a universal “right.”

  • joanspage

    Of course you can and shoulds criticize his policies if you sincerely feel he is wrong. But do not make him an ogre. People just won’t buy it.\

  • Mary Kochan

    Feeings do not have anything to do with right and wrong. We do not “feel” his policies regarding life issues are wrong. We KNOW they are wrong.

  • joanspage

    My dear friend, I do not disagree. Are you looking for a fight? I am not.

    Sixty some years ago, my mentor wrote an article called “I have Been a Foreigner ib My Own Land.” He had cerebral palsy like me.

    The more I come here, the more of n aliuen I feel. Everyone here seems to have kids, az good income and conservative views on everything, not just life issues.

    I recently had to get a feeding tube and doubt I can receive communion again. So I am asking myself how do I relate to God and the Church?

    God understands so I know and feel He loves me. I just don’t know where I fit in the Church. I’m not mad at the Church but what is my role nd how can
    i maintain unity with it if I do nhot take His Body and Blood?

  • kent4jmj

    joanspage your posts lack reasoned coherence.

    “Dude” your all over the place.

    “Of course you can and shoulds criticize his policies if you sincerely feel he is wrong” Versus “My dear friend, I do not disagree. Are you looking for a fight?” Can someone criticize Obamas policies, which you seem to favor, without you thinking they are ‘fighting’ with you?

    “The more I come here, the more of n aliuen I feel.” (Why? do we challenge your assumptions or positions? If we do, which causes you to feel like an ‘alien’ maybe your should question why you feel that way instead of blaming people for “doing that to you”. No one is twisting your arm forcing you to feel that way.)

    Everyone here seems to have kids, az good income and conservative views on everything, not just life issues. (So are you prejudiced against people who have kids, an income and are conservative? If you are that would be a form of reverse discrimination. If not then do not bring it up.)

    Bringing your medical condition into the conversation out of left field when the topic was about Obama muddies the water considerably. What is the point of sharing that in this forum? Are we not to take isssue with you on a topic because it makes you feel like an alien and because your medical condition is causing you to question your relationship with God and His Church?
    That would come under the category of emotional blackmail.

  • jmtfh

    DO YOU WANT EVERYTHING TO LOOK BRIGHTER?!?

    GO TO DAILY MASS AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE!!!

    Cardinal Ratzinger said years ago (early 1980s) There is no hope in politics or politicians…only in Christ.

    He said we should not think in terms of “conservative” or “liberal” [progressive] because as Christians our only viewpoint should be “missionary!”

  • goral

    Kent4, I appreciate your clarity.
    I don’t think any of us here have the time or the heart or the will to hate
    B. Hussein Obama.
    I don’t feel like an alien in this country even though I wasn’t born here.
    There are still so many of us around, we’re disheartened because we’ve been loosing battles.
    As Chekov writes in one of his plays that takes place in Siberia – “It’s not Siberia that’s making you miserable, it’s…….. da, da, da, dunnn… the devil!”

    Nevertheless the comments are valid because the stark reality is that we’re embarking on a boat ride into the Heart of Darkness.
    Joseph Conrad wrote that short novel where allegorically the snake charmers are charmed by the snake and evil lurks around every turn of the Congo River.

    We’ll stand our ground regardless of the outcome.
    No bitterness just vigilence.
    The battle is ours the outcome is His.

  • noelfitz

    Joanspage,

    I was very moved by your contributions. Would it be possible for you to receive the Eucharist under the form of wine only? I agree with your deep Catholic views.

    I contribute here. Mary and others know where I stand. Why do I continue to do so?

    This forum is solidly Catholic. Some contributors may lack understanding of the faith and appear to lack love. However CE cannot be held responsible for the views or all contributors, even mine.

    CE is is loyal to the Church and its teachiong. The Church is one holy, catholic and apostolic. We agree on the essentials but in politics and economics views differ.

    I appreciate the friendship, sharings and prayers of those in CE.

    The majority of American Catholic voters supported Obama (54%). Most bishops did not condemn him.

    So I join the celebrations of the majority of Americans and people of good will throughout the world and wish Obama, America and the world well.

    God bless,

    NoelFitz.
    _________________________________________________

    In necessariis, unitas; in dubiis, libertas; in omnibus, caritas.
    _________________________________________________

  • kent4jmj

    goral you may find the article at this link interesting.

    I quoted the beginning of it above but the whole article is worth a read.

    http://www.markmallett.com/blog/?p=805#more-805

  • http://arkanabar.blogspot.com Arkanabar Ilarsadin

    Joan’s Page,

    the apparent uniformity of our views is a hallmark of our uniform assent to the Church’s doctrines of faith and morals. Among those is a complete rejection of all forms of socialism. That sort of limits just how far to the left a faithful Catholic can go.

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  • Mary Kochan

    Oh, not at all joanspage, not looking to have a fight. We are all in this together. And we don’t all have kids and a good income, believe me. There is a wide spectrum of life circumstances represented here.

    I appreciate your sharing your health problems. (Kent, come on — that wasn’t to make an argument; it was to make a connection.) You are facing some very serious challenges. We have an article coming next week that is one of the best things I have ever read about how a person’s health challenges can be transformed into encouragement for others.

    Joanspage, you are part of the body because God placed you here. You were part of the body before you had first communion, when you were baptized. And if God has seen fit to allow for the rest of the communions you have to be spiritual ones, that does not in anyway lessen you being a part of us.

    We try very hard to represent diverse opinions on those issues where diversity does not cause one to stray from Church teaching. In fact, on economics I am in the process of trying to find some contributors that can discuss distributism. (I’m sure the fur will fly over that!) You were 100% right when you say that conservative does not equal Catholic.

    You don’t have to seek a way to fit in joanspage, the responsibility is ours to show and tell you that you are valued, not only by God which you already know, but by your brothers and sisters in Christ. I hope you will stick around and contribute to our discussions. Thanks for being here.

  • unclefrank

    “…and each man did what what right in his own eyes…” (Judges)

    There truly is nothing new under the sun! We must PRAY!

  • kel3at

    The Church has been asleep for way too long, but I’m filled with hope knowing that She is waking up. The Bishops declared that abortion is a direct attack on the Church. We cannot roll over and except this attack any longer. Also, if our spineless leaders sign the Freedom of Choice act, we as the Church will have to stand up. We will have no more excuses. This is an interesting age and it will be known in the history books. Men of God, get off your fat behinds, things our going to get interesting.

  • kirbys

    Mary,

    CE is blessed that you are editor, esp based on your post to Joanspage. Joanspage, God bless you.

    It is so tragic; Pres. Obama could be SUCH a powerful force for change if only his eyes could see–imagine him as an impassioned pro-life president. Look at the beautiful example he could be. Remember–Saul was breathing “murderous threats”onthe way to Damascus. And–isn’t he one of the few politicians who has an intact, beautiful family, no whispers of infidelity, really seems to honor and love his wife and daughters–there is so much potential here.

    We have to be more faithful in prayer and more creative in our pro-life efforts. For example, how often have we prayed for our medical professionals who are under fire, or for the conversion of OB/GYN’s to non-contraceptive practices, or for doctors who are under pressure to euthanize?? If we prayed and practically supported them as much as we are beginning to pray for vocations to the priesthood, we might make some serious gains in that scientific field.

    Anyway–God bless America. We are not finished fighting the good fight, and I am not ready to give up on this beloved country.

  • mikef

    Great article, Doreen!

    For the first time since Roe v. was passed (as a result of a dishonest public relations campaign, mind you), the power is concentrated in only two individuals — Barack and Michelle. If their hearts were touched by God’s word and those two changed their opinion on the use of abortion to abdicate responsibility for one’s actions, the whole issue could indeed CHANGE (Change you could believe in…).

    Pray for them both. Storm heaven for them to be converted to Christian thinking! They both appear to be blind currently. There IS hope. God works in mysterious ways.

  • mfernand71

    I read the article around 8:00 PM, and I also read most of the comments. I got up early and watched TV for a couple of hours in the morning, and a couple of hours in the early evening. I felt good about many things I heard and saw. I cannot understand where all this concept of feeling as an alien in this country came from. This country is still a free country and we can practice any religion we believe in. Why the need to get ready for battle? The language used in the article is not the language I expect from good Catholic, and maybe, just maybe I don’t know what the author thinks what a good Catholic is.
    Articles like this one scared me. Is there any foundation to the accusations made to Obama?

  • Cooky642

    mfernand71, may I ask where you’ve been for the last 2 years? Mr. Obama has openly declared his support for FOCA, for PFA, for “redistribution of wealth”, for deliberately putting the coal industry out of business to force us to go to “green energy” (like we all have his income and can afford it!), wants to “open” the military to homosexuals (and many “straights” have threatened to leave the service if he does), insists on nationalizing business and industry and that’s only the “cream” off the top! There is nothing that traditional Catholics support that he is supportive of, and everything that is unthinkable for us is on his “progressive” agenda! For a man who claimed he wanted to create unity and put an end to divisness, he is the most divisive man in the world!

    For us, a “good Catholic” is one who accepts and lives the decisions of Christ as given us through the Magisterium of the Church. We “must obey Christ rather than man”.

    Yes, we are–today–still free to practice our faith in this country. A growing number of us (and I am relieved to read so many who feel as I do!) believe that that freedom will not be ours much longer: hence, the need to fight, suffer, and, probably, die. THAT’s where we get our feeling of being aliens.

  • Cooky642

    Doreen, thank you for writing this article. Mary, thank you for posting it, especially today. Like so many others who have responded to this article, I awoke this morning and could not get myself to get out of bed. When I finally did get up, I couldn’t bring myself to turn on a radio or TV. I did watch a bit, tonight, but with the sound off–I just couldn’t stand any more of the veneration and worship. I suppose I had hoped this day just wouldn’t come, that somehow, we’d go from Monday to Wednesday with no Tuesday in between. I came very late in the evening to CE, and I want you to know that THIS article on THIS day has lifted my spirits. Thank you.

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