Kunta Kinte:  No, This has never been my home.  But this is my child and we’re family

Roots 1977

Today is the Feast of the Holy Family.  Two of today’s Scripture readings from today’s Mass tend to get all the press and commentary.

The 2nd reading from Paul’s letter of the Colossians 3:12-21 because of the famous verse 18:

Wives, be subject to your husbands, as you should in the Lord.

like Ephesins 5:21-33. these verses has likely had more commentary than almost any lines that Paul wrote to anyone over the course of the last several decades.

The Gospel reading from Matthew Chapter 2 of Joseph’s flight to Egypt and his decision to go to Nazareth in Galilee afterwards is an intrinsic part of the Christmas narrative.  These are scenes that everyone are familiar with.

But in terms of the family it is the first reading from the Old Testament that is in my opinion one of the most relevant in this day and age:

For the LORD sets a father in honor over his children; a mother’s authority he confirms over her sons.

He who honors his father atones for sins; he stores up riches who reveres his mother. He who honors his father is gladdened by children, and when he prays he is heard. He who reveres his father will live a long life; he obeys the LORD who brings comfort to his mother.

My son, take care of your father when he is old; grieve him not as long as he lives. Even if his mind fail, be considerate with him; revile him not in the fullness of your strength. For kindness to a father will not be forgotten, it will serve as a sin offering – it will take lasting root.

Sirach  3:2-6, 12-14

Sirach also called Ecclesiasticus is one of he books removed from the Bible by most Protestants as they broke into more and more denominations so many readers might not be familiar with it but this passage shouts to the world of today.

As My Pastor Fr. Robert Bruso noted in his sermon today 48 years ago only 5% of children were born into single parent families, in 1965 while a full 40% are today and it’s become a matter of faith to suggest and insist that a family without a father (or mother) is not a big deal.

It’s not a coincidence that problems from teenage suicide to drugs and sexual issues have become problematic as the importance of fathers has decreased in society.

When you have weak, absent or part-time fathers boys age but remain boys.   Strong fathers create men out of boys and society needs men.

While there are plenty of examples of single mothers or fathers who persevered in successfully raising good well-adjusted children when accident or hardship leaves no other choice,  the overwhelming body of evidence suggests that the best chance for well-adjusted children is a father and a mother and that without the nuclear family children’s future are at risk.

The greatest negative example of this has been in the black community where the lack of fathers as positive role models more than anything else has devastated the inner city and the culture and the decision by other well off folk to purposely deprive a child or a father or mother is an act of narcissism turning children into just another bauble of status, a present one gives to oneself.

But while that is the largest cultural significance to this scripture doesn’t end there.  reflect on this verses (emphasis mine) :

My son, take care of your father when he is old; grieve him not as long as he lives. Even if his mind fail, be considerate with him; revile him not in the fullness of your strength.

We live in a nursing home age when the aged are forgotten ignored, occasionally trotted out on a holiday or perhaps visited for an hour as an obligation.  You hear plenty of talk of allowing the old to “die with dignity” which I suggest is more about “dying” than dignity, it becomes an excuse to do little or nothing, why should the life of an old person be worth our time and expense?  What do the old have to teach us?

I think we should talk more about “living with dignity”.  Listening to their stories and their wisdom, because all the things you are going though in life (expect perhaps syncing your iPhone) they have done and gone through.  Ask their opinion (even if you don’t use it) given them their say and the respect that their years and experience has earned.  If they are physically able give them a small task.  At large family events for example I would,  while she lived,  have my mother & her older sister dry dishes, not because we needed the help, but because that act transformed them from a quaint decoration put in place as an obligation to an active and useful part of  the family unit that we all belong to.

That older sister is 92.  She sill lives in the home she has for 60+ years.  Her husband died a month before my father (1987) and my mother who died a year ago this month was the last of her sister & brothers.  She has no children but my oldest sister is there on a regular basis helping with meals and taking her shopping.  While this does not involve a father it’s the model of exactly what this passage is talking about.

Family remains important at both the start and the end of life.  Thanks to our defeats in the culture war we as a society have forgotten this fact and it has cost us dearly.

and THAT is why the culture wars need to be fought.

Update: via Glenn something similar at The Washington Examiner sans scripture

Simply put: Boys need fathers to learn how to become men. And too many of them don’t have one.

The social cost of this is not just the obvious burden from spiraling welfare and prison populations — a 2008 study estimated that family fragmentation cost taxpayers more than $112 billion a year — but in the lost potential as well.

What to do? The first step to solving a problem is recognizing that one exists.

What would Abe think?
What would Abe think?

By John Ruberry

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has been representing his Southwest Side Chicago district since 1971.  He’s been speaker since 1983, except for two years in the 1990s when the Republicans held a majority in Springfield.

The district is safely Democratic, especially since he and state Senate President John Cullerton, also a Chicagoan, gerrymandered Illinois’ remap in 2011 in the spirit of Pablo Picasso.

But that’s not enough for Madigan. He still has to run for reelection every two years, but he usually faces Republican opponents that few people have heard of, who don’t campaign, don’t set up political committees, or raise money. That’s because in all likelihood they are front candidates placed on the ballot by the Madigan organization.

Oh, I almost forgot–Madigan is the chairman of the Illinois Democratic Party.

Madigan’s most recent phony GOP opponent, Terrence Goggin, is a prior candidate. But Mike’s juggernaut may have overreached this time. The Chicago Republican Party–yes, there is one–challenged Goggin’s petitions. Not only does anyone not recall petitioners roaming the streets of the Southwest Side gathering signatures for Goggin, many of the autographs on those documents have similar handwriting.  Just before Christmas, the Chicago Board of Elections granted the Chicago GOP’s motion to subpoena Goggin’s petitioners.

“Terrence Goggin has run four times before, yet we have never met him,” the Chicago Republican Party’s Chris Cleveland told ABC 7 Chicago.  “We have never spoken to him there are no known photos of him.”

On Thursday, and hour before the Goggin petitioners were to testify about the validity of the signatures on those petitions, the ephemeral Goggin withdrew from the race.

This affront to democracy seems like something the Illinois attorney general should investigate. But don’t hold your breath–the holder of that office is Lisa Madigan. Yes, she is the daughter of the speaker.

Illinois is very ill.

Meanwhile, the Chicago GOP is seeking real candidates against Michael Madigan.

Architect: Of course they’re safe. There’s absolutely no doubt about that. They are as strong, solid and as safe as any other building method in this country provided of course people believe in them.

Monty Python The Nude Man 1972

Sheldon Cooper: Now, this may look like a Tic Tac, but it is really a powerful medication specifically designed to cure your illness as well as freshen your breath.

The Big Bang Theory The Fish Guts Displacement 2012

As panic continues to overtake Democrats running in 2014 and the Obama Administration  redefines words in order to create a semblance of legality to their delaying the effects of the Affordable Care Act a small sign of hope has appeared on the horizon.

Friday Night Glenn Reynolds linked to an article on a study on Acupuncture that might be the solution to Obamacare’s woes.

A new study published online in the journal Cancer suggests that any relief acupuncture brings may be the result of a placebo effect.Twenty-three of the women received eight weeks of acupuncture; the rest received eight weeks of something called “sham acupuncture,” where needles are placed on the skin somewhat randomly — not at traditional acupuncture points — and then not actually inserted.

The result? All of the patients reported that their side effects had improved, especially the severity of their hot flashes.

That the equation  it’s all about belief!

Rather than actually worry about providing treatment to people what if the Obama administration uses their persuasive powers  to magnify the placebo effect among the low information voters who are their base?

Picture…a massive network of “Placebo” clinics staffed by out of work actors, gender studies Majors , professional protesters, out of work union members and liberal arts majors who can’t find work in the actual Obama economy.

Visualize:…these Obama acolytes trained to project sincerity and assurance, taught to convince low information voters they know medicine by the finest army of the A list actors that ever supported a Democrat Administration.

Envision:  a vast array of fake medical devices (much like the empty shells in furniture stores to simulate Blu-Ray players) convincing patients that they are actually being monitored by the most advanced technology available.

Imagine… buildings now empty where the Obama Economy has wreaked havoc turned into Obamacare placebo clinics all across the nation, serving those not covered .

Viola!  Suddenly you have an army of Pseudo Doctors operate pseudo clinics for those who can’t afford insurance or can’t see a doctor due to the wait times that Obamacare produces.  Health care for all!

It’s the Monty Python El Mystico medical solution, and as per the famous Python skit the cost savings will be phenomenal!

Narriator: The local Council here have over fifty hypnosis-induced twenty-five story blocks, put up by El Mystico and Janet. I asked Mr Ken Verybigliar the advantages of hypnosis compared to other building methods.

Mr Ken Verybigliar: Well there is a considerable financial advantage in using the services of El Mystico. A block, like Mystico Point here, would normally cost in the region of one-and-a-half million pounds. This was put up for five pounds and thirty bob for Janet.

Remember what matters here is not if people get actual treatment, what matters is that they believe they are getting treatment and act accordingly.

That highlights the one drawback to the plan,

Voice Over: But the obvious question is are they safe?

Mr. Clement Onan: Of course they’re safe. There’s absolutely no doubt about that. They are as strong, solid and as safe as any other building method in this country provided of course people believe in them.

and the risk involved in disbelief,

Interviewer: You don’t mind living in a figment of another man’s imagination?

Tenant: No, it’s much better than where we used to live.

Interviewer: Where did you used to live?

Tenant: We had an eighteen-roomed villa overlooking Nice.

Voice Over: Really, that sounds much better.

Tenant: Oh yeah, you’re right.  (The building starts to shake & collapse) No, no, no, of course not!  (The Building stops shaking & rights itself) Phew, that was close.

that risk however is small because the Administration has two huge advantages that the counsel in the Monty Python sketch didn’t:

1.  A public so gullible that it was willing to re-elect President Obama despite one of the least successful terms in presidential history including the worst economy in living memory of anyone under 80.

2.  A media that is so totally in the tank for them that they would do anything ANYTHING to save the Democrats & liberalism and the first Black president from himself.

The MSM would sell this as the most creative use of holistic medicine ever invented.  University experts will cheer the departure from the oppressive western cultural standard of physically treating the ill and herald it as a great equalizer among the classes where anyone even with no skill at medicine or actual knowledge of biology can be a doctor.  And anyone who questions this will be considered a “denier” as repugnant as one who doubts global warming.

The potential is unlimited, the Pseudo Doctors who produce the most confidence in patients can be made specialists, and used for more advanced issues to increase the placebo effect giving people the confidence to fight through pain and work through disease that would normally disable them completely.

As for Sarah Palin and the Death Panel problem, no worries!  The best of the best can be part of the Syzygy Darklock brigade assigned to patients who are too expensive to treat & or have no hope. The worst case scenario these Obamacare masters can convince the families that all that can be done for their loved ones has been done so there is no backlash at their deaths.

And maybe just maybe the very best of them might be able, as Darklock managed to convince them they are not in fact dead and allowing them to live normal fulfilling lives.  They can even be given job placement, if they  get employment as online game testers they might continue for years with everyone assuming the stench of their decaying corpses is simply normal bad gamer hygiene!

Exit question: Can anyone honestly say this administration wouldn’t give this a shot if they thought for one second they could get away with it?

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