Honor Your Father and Mother!

Exodus 20:12
Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which the LORD your God gives you.

As the most narcissistic and self-absorbed generation in human history — the Baby Boomers — is slowly discovering, this Scripture, like all the rest of Scripture, is a description of the way things are.  The Boomers set about reinventing everything from culture to religion to sex in the confident assurance that they could do it right and that their fathers and mothers were fools for countless generations past.  They have ended by proving that they excel their parents in one special way: by being greater fools than any other generation.  When we do not honor our fathers and mothers we succeed only in creating a world where our children have nothing to honor in us. Thus, the sexual license cultivated so assiduously by the Boomers leads to an abortion culture (in order to avoid the consequences of sexual license) and abortion culture leads to euthanasia.  The young who survive their parents’ assault on unborn life learn an important lesson: inconvenient people should be killed.  When the parents get old and the children get restless and impatient with their narcissistic, self-absorbed and increasingly inconvenient parents, the lesson is acted on.  That’s a world in which our days will not be long.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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    For many people, there's also the problem that one cannot honor both parents, as they hate each other's guts, and take any honor shown to the other as a personal insult. ("You want your dad at your wedding ? Where was he when I was struggling to help you pay for college ? " "You want a relationship with your mom now ? Where was she when you were a toddler with a fever ? " )