Benjamin Martin: Aim Small Miss Small

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The Patriot 2000

A letter writer to Father Z asks if one is wasting their time trying to be a saint he answers with the Story of St. Mary of Egypt, a peek

St. Mary, at the age of twelve, ran away from her family to Alexandria, where she began to live a life of great dissolution. She became a prostitute, but it is said that she often refused money for her sexual acts because she enjoyed her sin so thoroughly. After nearly twenty years of this life, she accompanied a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, but not out of any pious motive. No, she went in the hopes of drumming up some business for herself among the pilgrims, hoping in her heart to entice some of holiest and most devout pilgrims away from their piety and into her sinful way of life.

You’ll have to read the rest to find out how she progressed from here to sainthood.

If she can do it, so can we all.

After a very good day’s sleep I turned on the TV and found this scene from Animal House playing.

Watching for a little while and thinking of the Star wars fanaticism that’s been going on it hit me that both of these movies came out in the late 70’s. It was a time when many of the 60’s generation had young kids who because of their parent’s decision to foolishly abandon christianity had no real exposure to religion.

By an odd coincidence both of these excellent movies became more than movies, they became ways of life.

At colleges all over the nation the primary purpose of college to many became to get drunk and score. Meanwhile kids who normally moved from one popular movie or TV show to another (remember the Davy Crockett caps) stayed with Star Wars to the point where it wasn’t abandoned in adulthood and was even passed onto the next generation.

Now there is nothing wrong with enjoying a great comedy or action movie, both of these pictures were a lot of fun but it’s not healthy to replace your moral code with them.

Consider this famous scene from Animal House

The Dean’s words: “Fat drunk & stupid is no way to go through life son.” Is excellent advice that any parent worth a damn would give his or her kids, but HE is considered the villain in this scene, the person to be defeated and ignored.

As a gag or joke, that’s fine, as a way of life, that’s disaster.

Meanwhile for people who have decided that the wisdom of generations concerning the Church and Christ and public events such as the miracle of he sun at Fatima seen by thousands are to be discounted find themselves engrossed in the “force” & “jedi” mysticism. Something that feeds the need for thing beyond themselves without actual commitment to anything but buying the latest toy.

Again as a fun distraction it’s fine, as a replacement for Christ, it doesn’t work. Take a look at the line of fanatics waiting to see the next installment in their gospel, how many of them do you think know anything of the real one?

As a creature with a soul man instinctively has a need for God, and when you take God away from him , he tries to find something to replace him with.

Again I like both of these movies and everybody know that I’m a big Doctor Who fan and if you want to enjoy and be entertained by the Star Wars or Doctor Who franchises that’s fine. Likewise if you want to laugh at Animal House and the genius of John Belushi that’s great.

But if you use any of these three as a “how to” for life, you are going to be disappointed and your culture will suffer.

Unexpectedly

By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT —  History will remember us as the generation that was offended by everything.

Where will it end?

A couple of news stories caught my eye this week: the first was that the Sons of Confederate Veterans are filing suit against the City of Natchitoches after being forbidden to march in their annual Christmas parade; the SCV group has marched in the parade for the past twenty-five years, but now we are offended by their flag so they can’t march.  In a statement, the mayor of Natchitoches explained that he is not banning the display of the flag in the city but simply not allowing it on display in the parade.  The Natchitoches Christmas festival and parade is huge in these parts and attracts over 100,000 visitors each year.

The other story that raised my hackles was the perpetual offended-by-Huck-Finn story that in its latest conception has a private school in Philadelphia banning the book from the classroom (although it will still be in their library).  A group of students said the book “made them uncomfortable” and so out it goes.  Perhaps the school should look at how the book is taught rather than condemn the book.  Perhaps there is something about love and tolerance that could be learned there in the hands of the right teacher.  What will these students do when they are “uncomfortable” in the real world, post-graduation?  What will we ban from the classroom next?

Perhaps the most ridiculous group to be offended recently would be those who were offended by the red Starbucks cup.  I would be difficult to imagine a controversy any more ludicrous.

The logic of it all is absurd. Some individuals and some groups are offended by the Confederate flag so we must eliminate it.  Some groups are offended by Christian nativity scenes, so we must eliminate them; this is happening across the country. We are even offended by yoga, for crying out loud. We are offended by how you sit when on a subway.  We are offended by the Washington REDSKINS.

The list is endless.

The fact is that political correctness and elementary-school-everyone-wins-coddling has turned us into a society of crybabies.  Yes, there are things in our society that are offensive sometimes but it’s time to man-up, if you’ll pardon that sexist phrase, and get over it.

The whole “I’m offended” culture offends me.

Pat Austin blogs at And So it Goes in Shreveport.