One Critical Point to add to this Stacy McCain Biblical Piece

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One Critical Point to add to this Stacy McCain Biblical Piece

There is a lot to be said for this piece by Stacy McCain titled #LashE­qual­ity: @CoverGirl Pro­motes Trans­gen­der Agenda in Com­mer­cials. Its dis­cus­sion of his­tory, ref­er­ences to scrip­ture, cel­e­bra­tion of his ancient ances­tors (Being of Sicil­ian ances­try from a fam­ily that lived next to a vol­cano (Mt. Etna) I can go back to the mid 1800’s but before that is a mys­tery, par­tic­u­larly since every­one from the vikings to the Span­ish to the arabs con­quered Sicily dur­ing the course of his­tory) and his defense of nor­malcy which every­one seems to be ter­ri­fied to articulating.

But there are two things in this piece that need high­light­ing and a clar­i­fi­ca­tion added to com­plete the pic­ture being offered by him.

The first the opin­ion of the great­est gen­er­a­tion of the rebel­lion of their chil­dren most of whom still fool­ishly think they were and are smarter then their par­ents who con­quered two of the finest mil­i­taries in his­tory yet had the Chris­t­ian char­ac­ter, to with the entire world at their feet, not to enslave it

the “Great­est Gen­er­a­tion” knew what price had been paid for our free­dom. The troops who came home from that war then fathered the “Baby Boom.” When their chil­dren reached ado­les­cence, how­ever, many rebelled against America’s patri­otic and reli­gious her­itage, and by the time I started high school in 1973, the so-​called “Sex­ual Rev­o­lu­tion” had been rag­ing for nearly a decade. Grown-​ups strongly dis­ap­proved of the whole “hip­pie” youth cul­ture. Our par­ents and teach­ers, our coaches and preach­ers were in unan­i­mous agree­ment about the need to sup­press this social upheaval that had erupted, the cause of which they believed to be either (a) Com­mu­nism or (b) Satan, inso­far as Com­mu­nism and Satan weren’t the same thing.

It is my opin­ion that my gen­er­a­tion, the baby boomers are the worst gen­er­a­tion in the his­tory of this coun­try and pos­si­bly the world and that we as a gen­er­a­tion for the good of human­ity can’t die off fast enough and take our self cen­tered nar­cis­sism, self defined virtue and com­plete igno­rance of the wis­dom and expe­ri­ence of our par­ents and the giants who came before them with us.

Sec­ondly it’s worth high­light­ing Stacy’s state­ment con­cern­ing his own youth­ful rebel­lion (empha­sis mine)

In high school, I was just a teenager who wanted to be a cool dude, and among my hood­lum bud­dies, being a cool dude meant get­ting high and grow­ing your hair long, because that’s what all the cool chicks were into. So I was as far-​out as I could pos­si­bly get away with, and I got away with a lot more than I ever got caught with. Could I blame all this on “peer pres­sure”? Maybe, except that I was an active agent of evil, rather than a pas­sive par­tic­i­pant. My exten­sive ado­les­cent expe­ri­ence in the ways of sin — and all the con­se­quences of evil that I wit­nessed with my own eyes in the ensu­ing years — left me quite cyn­i­cal toward the kind of enthu­si­asm James Charles expresses about the “amaz­ing pro­gres­sions with gay rights, gen­der inclu­siv­ity and self-​expression.”

I can not empha­size the impor­tance of this para­graph because it does two crit­i­cal things.

  • It acknowl­edges acts of evil done and wit­nessed by him
  • Rather than mak­ing an excuse for said evil, he takes respon­si­bil­ity for it.

One could call it a great exam­ple of the Pen­i­ten­tial Rite of the Catholic church

I con­fess to almighty God
And to you, my broth­ers and sis­ters,
That I have greatly sinned
In my thoughts and in my words,
In what I have done and in what I have
Failed to do,
Through my fault, through my fault,
Through my most griev­ous fault;
There­fore I ask blessed Mary ever-​Virgin,
All the Angels and Saints,
And you, my broth­ers and sis­ters,
To pray for me to the Lord our God.

That self aware­ness is a gift from God that should be trea­sured by him and mim­ic­ked by oth­ers when­ever possible.

Now hav­ing high­lighted these two bits let’s turn to the part that needs clarification.

Stacy quotes one of his favorite pas­sages from Deuteron­omy 30. As I am quot­ing Stacy’s piece I’ll stick with his protes­tant trans­la­tion here rather than the one on the Vat­i­can site I would nor­mally use

See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; In that I com­mand thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his com­mand­ments and his statutes and his judg­ments, that thou mayest live and mul­ti­ply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to pos­sess it. But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and wor­ship other gods, and serve them; I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely per­ish, and that ye shall not pro­long your days upon the land, whither thou pass­est over Jor­dan to go to pos­sess it. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, bless­ing and curs­ing: there­fore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live . .

He fol­lows up with these two para­graphs near the end of his piece:

There are still quite a few Amer­i­cans who believe in the Lord whose anger is kin­dled against those who turn away from him, and we have already tol­er­ated enough “gen­der inclu­siv­ity and self-​expression” that it’s a won­der God has not already destroyed us for this “amaz­ing progression.”

Amer­ica has had enough. Our ances­tors did not estab­lish this nation with the expec­ta­tion that their descen­dants would squan­der their pre­cious inher­i­tance of God’s bless­ing. The men who died fight­ing to gain a foothold on that beach at Nor­mandy did not give their lives so that Amer­ica could sink into deca­dence, insan­ity and perversion.

And here lies the part that needs clar­i­fi­ca­tion here. Stacy gives a lot of quotes from that good Old Tes­ta­ment but is miss­ing some key ones from a slightly newer one. Like Matthew

As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sit­ting at the cus­toms post. He said to him, “Fol­low me.” And he got up and fol­lowed him. While he was at table in his house, many tax col­lec­tors and sin­ners came and sat with Jesus and his dis­ci­ples. The Phar­isees saw this and said to his dis­ci­ples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax col­lec­tors and sin­ners?” He heard this and said, “Those who are well do not need a physi­cian, but the sick do. Go and learn the mean­ing of the words, ‘I desire mercy, not sac­ri­fice.’ I did not come to call the right­eous but sin­ners.

Matthew 9:913

And Mark

Jesus looked around and said to his dis­ci­ples, “How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the king­dom of God!” The dis­ci­ples were amazed at his words. So Jesus again said to them in reply, “Chil­dren, how hard it is to enter the king­dom of God! It is eas­ier for a camel to pass through (the) eye of (a) nee­dle than for one who is rich to enter the king­dom of God.” They were exceed­ingly aston­ished and said among them­selves, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For human beings it is impos­si­ble, but not for God. All things are pos­si­ble for God.

Mark 10:2327

And Luke

“Now a man there named Zac­cha­eus, who was a chief tax col­lec­tor and also a wealthy man, was seek­ing to see who Jesus was; but he could not see him because of the crowd, for he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, who was about to pass that way. When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said to him, “Zac­cha­eus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house.” And he came down quickly and received him with joy. When they all saw this, they began to grum­ble, say­ing, “He has gone to stay at the house of a sin­ner.” But Zac­cha­eus stood there and said to the Lord, “Behold, half of my pos­ses­sions, Lord, I shall give to the poor, and if I have extorted any­thing from any­one I shall repay it four times over.” And Jesus said to him, “Today sal­va­tion has come to this house because this man too is a descen­dant of Abra­ham. For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.”

Luke 19:210

And John

Then the scribes and the Phar­isees brought a woman who had been caught in adul­tery and made her stand in the mid­dle. They said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of com­mit­ting adul­tery. Now in the law, Moses com­manded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” They said this to test him, so that they could have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his fin­ger. But when they con­tin­ued ask­ing him, he straight­ened up and said to them, “Let the one among you who is with­out sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he bent down and wrote on the ground. And in response, they went away one by one, begin­ning with the elders. So he was left alone with the woman before him. Then Jesus straight­ened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one con­demned you?” She replied, “No one, sir.” Then Jesus said, “Nei­ther do I con­demn you. Go, (and) from now on do not sin any more.”

John 8:311

Chris­tian­ity is a reli­gion of for­give­ness and redemp­tion and every sin­gle soul from James Charles to Bob Iger to Stacy to mine and yours is of value to God. That same mer­ci­ful God who sac­ri­ficed his son for the for­give­ness of sins will give each soul a life­time to repent of their sins and be for­given. As Christ said to St Faustina:

Write: before I come as a just Judge, I first open wide the door of My mercy.

Diary of St. Faustina

Stacy expresses sur­prise that God has not already destroyed us, But did not the Knights of Colum­bus offer a novena before the elec­tion for the coun­try ask­ing for God’s bless­ing and mercy that was prayed in churches all over the coun­try? Do not con­tem­pla­tive sis­ters and broth­ers pray unceas­ingly for the coun­try the world and for the inten­tions of indi­vid­u­als? Do not indi­vid­u­als like myself offer daily rosaries for the coun­try ask­ing since Feb­ru­ary for Jus­tice Scalia and since April for Mother Angel­ica to join in these prayers for our land? And do not rel­a­tives friends of those who have been deceived by the world and the cul­ture pray con­tin­u­ally for their sal­va­tion? After all do you think it was just blind luck that Stacy him­self, turned away from the admit­tedly evil path he once pur­sued? And are not oth­ers even now evan­ge­liz­ing those who have fallen away?

The bot­tom line is there have been many times when the power of evil, and error and sin have seemed insur­mount­able, yet the faith­ful still exist, and thrive and the Holy Spirit still calls those who have rejected him.

“If you’re there, you have to help me.”

Those are the words that poet Sally Read said to an icon of Jesus in 2010. Read, a British poet and athe­ist, had stopped into a church in Santa Marinella, Italy. She felt bur­dened. Her young daugh­ter was hav­ing health issues. Her hus­band Fabio was endur­ing some stress at work.

There was this incred­i­ble expe­ri­ence where this pres­ence almost came down, and my tears just stopped, just dried,” Read tells CNSNews​.com. “I felt almost phys­i­cally car­ried up. It was as if some­one walked into the room. I knew this per­son. I knew that I was a Christian.”

Up to that point Read, now 46, had been an athe­ist. “I was brought up an athe­ist,” Read notes in her just-​published mem­oir, “Night’s Bright Dark­ness: A Mod­ern Con­ver­sion Story.” “At ten I could tell you that reli­gion was the opi­ate of the masses; it was [dri­ven] into me to never kneel before any­one or anything…As a young woman I could quote Christo­pher Hitchens and enough of the Bible to scoff at.”

As Pope Fran­cis has said God never tires of for­giv­ing us and as long as that poten­tial is there the work of sal­va­tion will con­tinue and we can and must aid it by our prayers.

Because even with this clar­i­fi­ca­tion Stacy point stands as evi­denced by Christ words to Sis­ter Faustina that fol­lowed his remark about the door of mercy.

He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice…

I pray to God that I and oth­ers will acquire and retain the wis­dom to choose the door of mercy in our lifetimes.

There is a lot to be said for this piece by Stacy McCain titled #LashEquality: @CoverGirl Promotes Transgender Agenda in Commercials. Its discussion of history, references to scripture, celebration of his ancient ancestors (Being of Sicilian ancestry from a family that lived next to a volcano (Mt. Etna) I can go back to the mid 1800’s but before that is a mystery, particularly since everyone from the vikings to the Spanish to the arabs conquered Sicily during the course of history) and his defense of normalcy which everyone seems to be terrified to articulating.

But there are two things in this piece that need highlighting and a clarification added to complete the picture being offered by him.

The first the opinion of the greatest generation of the rebellion of their children most of whom still foolishly think they were and are smarter then their parents who conquered two of the finest militaries in history yet had the Christian character, to with the entire world at their feet, not to enslave it

the “Greatest Generation” knew what price had been paid for our freedom. The troops who came home from that war then fathered the “Baby Boom.” When their children reached adolescence, however, many rebelled against America’s patriotic and religious heritage, and by the time I started high school in 1973, the so-called “Sexual Revolution” had been raging for nearly a decade. Grown-ups strongly disapproved of the whole “hippie” youth culture. Our parents and teachers, our coaches and preachers were in unanimous agreement about the need to suppress this social upheaval that had erupted, the cause of which they believed to be either (a) Communism or (b) Satan, insofar as Communism and Satan weren’t the same thing.

It is my opinion that my generation, the baby boomers are the worst generation in the history of this country and possibly the world and that we as a generation for the good of humanity can’t die off fast enough and take our self centered narcissism, self defined virtue and complete ignorance of the wisdom and experience of our parents and the giants who came before them with us.

Secondly it’s worth highlighting Stacy’s statement concerning his own youthful rebellion (emphasis mine)

In high school, I was just a teenager who wanted to be a cool dude, and among my hoodlum buddies, being a cool dude meant getting high and growing your hair long, because that’s what all the cool chicks were into. So I was as far-out as I could possibly get away with, and I got away with a lot more than I ever got caught with. Could I blame all this on “peer pressure”? Maybe, except that I was an active agent of evil, rather than a passive participant. My extensive adolescent experience in the ways of sin — and all the consequences of evil that I witnessed with my own eyes in the ensuing years — left me quite cynical toward the kind of enthusiasm James Charles expresses about the “amazing progressions with gay rights, gender inclusivity and self-expression.”

I can not emphasize the importance of this paragraph because it does two critical things.

  • It acknowledges acts of evil done and witnessed by him
  • Rather than making an excuse for said evil, he takes responsibility for it.

One could call it a great example of the Penitential Rite of the Catholic church

I confess to almighty God
And to you, my brothers and sisters,
That I have greatly sinned
In my thoughts and in my words,
In what I have done and in what I have
Failed to do,
Through my fault, through my fault,
Through my most grievous fault;
Therefore I ask blessed Mary ever-Virgin,
All the Angels and Saints,
And you, my brothers and sisters,
To pray for me to the Lord our God.

That self awareness is a gift from God that should be treasured by him and mimicked by others whenever possible.

Now having highlighted these two bits let’s turn to the part that needs clarification.

Stacy quotes one of his favorite passages from Deuteronomy 30.  As I am quoting Stacy’s piece I’ll stick with his protestant translation here rather than the one on the Vatican site I would normally use

See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; In that I command thee this day to love the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live . .

He follows up with these two paragraphs near the end of his piece:

There are still quite a few Americans who believe in the Lord whose anger is kindled against those who turn away from him, and we have already tolerated enough “gender inclusivity and self-expression” that it’s a wonder God has not already destroyed us for this “amazing progression.”

America has had enough. Our ancestors did not establish this nation with the expectation that their descendants would squander their precious inheritance of God’s blessing. The men who died fighting to gain a foothold on that beach at Normandy did not give their lives so that America could sink into decadence, insanity and perversion.

And here lies the part that needs clarification here.  Stacy gives a lot of quotes from that good Old Testament but is missing some key ones from a slightly newer one.  Like Matthew

As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him. While he was at table in his house,  many tax collectors and sinners came and sat with Jesus and his disciples. The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” He heard this and said, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do. Go and learn the meaning of the words, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.

Matthew 9:9-13

And Mark

Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” The disciples were amazed at his words. So Jesus again said to them in reply, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to pass through (the) eye of (a) needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” They were exceedingly astonished and said among themselves, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For human beings it is impossible, but not for God. All things are possible for God.

Mark 10:23-27

And Luke

“Now a man there named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man, was seeking to see who Jesus was; but he could not see him because of the crowd, for he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, who was about to pass that way. When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house.” And he came down quickly and received him with joy. When they all saw this, they began to grumble, saying, “He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner.”  But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor, and if I have extorted anything from anyone I shall repay it four times over.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house because this man too is a descendant of Abraham. For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.”

Luke 19:2-10

And John

Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle. They said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” They said this to test him, so that they could have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger. But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he bent down and wrote on the ground. And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders. So he was left alone with the woman before him. Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She replied, “No one, sir.” Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, (and) from now on do not sin any more.”

John 8:3-11

Christianity is a religion of forgiveness and redemption and every single soul from James Charles to Bob Iger to  Stacy to mine and yours is of value to God.  That same merciful God who sacrificed his son for the forgiveness of sins will give each soul a lifetime to repent of their sins and be forgiven.  As Christ said to St Faustina:

Write: before I come as a just Judge, I first open wide the door of My mercy. 

Diary of St. Faustina

Stacy expresses surprise that God has not already destroyed us, But did not the Knights of Columbus offer a novena before the election for the country asking for God’s blessing and mercy that was prayed in churches all over the country?  Do not contemplative sisters and brothers pray unceasingly for the country the world and for the intentions of individuals?  Do not individuals like myself offer daily rosaries for the country asking since February for Justice Scalia and since April for Mother Angelica to join in these prayers for our land?  And do not relatives friends of those who have been deceived by the world and the culture pray continually for their salvation?  After all do you think it was just blind luck that Stacy himself, turned away from the admittedly evil path he once pursued?  And are not others even now evangelizing those who have fallen away?

The bottom line is there have been many times when the power of evil, and error and sin have seemed insurmountable, yet the faithful still exist, and thrive and the Holy Spirit still calls those who have rejected him.

“If you’re there, you have to help me.”

Those are the words that poet Sally Read said to an icon of Jesus in 2010. Read, a British poet and atheist, had stopped into a church in Santa Marinella, Italy. She felt burdened. Her young daughter was having health issues. Her husband Fabio was enduring some stress at work.

“There was this incredible experience where this presence almost came down, and my tears just stopped, just dried,” Read tells CNSNews.com. “I felt almost physically carried up. It was as if someone walked into the room. I knew this person. I knew that I was a Christian.”

Up to that point Read, now 46, had been an atheist. “I was brought up an atheist,” Read notes in her just-published memoir, “Night’s Bright Darkness: A Modern Conversion Story.” “At ten I could tell you that religion was the opiate of the masses; it was [driven] into me to never kneel before anyone or anything…As a young woman I could quote Christopher Hitchens and enough of the Bible to scoff at.”

As Pope Francis has said God never tires of forgiving us and as long as that potential is there the work of salvation will continue and we can and must aid it by our prayers.

Because even with this clarification Stacy point stands as evidenced by Christ words to Sister Faustina that followed his remark about the door of mercy.

He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice…

I pray to God that I and others will acquire and retain the wisdom to choose the door of mercy in our lifetimes.