Pastor's Corner Apr 7 2019

May this Holy Week be the best ever. If you've never come to the ceremonies of our Sacred Triduum, I suggest you find the time. God is never outdone in generosity. Seek the Lord, while there is yet time.

My job, in part, is to remind you of the truth. This doesn't mean you are bad. As our society descends into neo-paganism, there is a concerted effort to relegate the role of organized religion to a private Sunday affair. Religion—they say—should have no role in public life, or family life, or anything else. In an age when all authority is disrespected, the authority of the priest and bishop are especially so. (The other extreme—that clerics have all authority—is also false.)

Protestantism, unfortunately, plays into this movement. A neighbor told me once that they really appreciated the Unity Church because they 'didn't tell you what to believe.' Contrarywise, we absolutely need someone to illuminate where the right road is. And for every one mile of road, there are two miles of ditch.

Our culture is slipping away. Our Lady of Good Success predicted that most societal mores would disappear. The heart of our culture is our cult—what we worship in common. In concentric circles outward, all issues of life surround this center.

Supervision: I'm concerned. I'm concerned that we are playing too fast and loose with the supervision of our children. (We are still working on the project of a security seminar – stay tuned.) Let's conduct a thought experiment: Suppose I hired an off-duty officer to stage a mock 'abduction' of a child from the parish grounds. (Relax, I'm not going to.) Suppose I did. How hard would that off-duty officer have to work to 'abduct' a child? How long would it take him? I'm concerned that the answers would be embarrassing. I'm not trying to make anyone paranoid, only trying to expose a vulnerability—and a corruption of refined culture. There have been no recent incidents, nor threats, nor suspicious activities to raise my concerns for a specific reason. We hope for the best, while we prepare for the worst, no?

Part of the solution is the education parents are required to give their children about never talking to strangers, or accepting rides, or candy, etc. Part of the solution is making age-appropriate limits for the children. Older kids have more autonomy, because they can be trusted to be more responsible, and self-aware. Part of the solution is making appropriate expectations of behavior. The social room is not a gymnasium—running is not permitted. The hallway and classrooms are not lunch rooms—eating is not permitted (normally). The Shepherd's Staff waiting area is not a playground—this area will now be totally off-limits because of continued misuse. The latest incident involved the heavy blinds being ripped from the wall. No one owned up to it, as if it never happened. This indicates a lack of proper adult supervision, among other things.

When a younger child, for instance, is instructed to "stay within my sight" and they don't obey, they should be corrected the first time. Children don't need to be taught how to manipulate their parents – they are born with that skill.

Thank you for your awesome spiritual support of the parish. In addition, you are very generous to our 1st, 2nd and special collections too.

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