“Do you suppose that I am here to bring peace on earth?”
During the 1930’s Winston Churchill experienced what are called his “wilderness years.” He was out of government, out of office and out of style. His day was over and done with, his influence on British public life seemingly in decline. Churchill retired to his country home in Kent, south of London, tended his garden, built brick walls and brooded.
In particular, he brooded about Hitler and the rise of Fascism and Nazism in Europe. Alarmed at what he heard about the rearmament of Germany, Churchill began to make speeches in the House of Commons, calling on the government of the day to be vigilant and to rearm the country against the threat of Nazi might. In reply, Members of Parliament denounced Churchill as a warmonger. After the horror of the First World War, nobody wanted to contemplate the possibility of another conflict. Peace was the order of the day, and any talk of arms and fighting would only serve to depress people and to dishearten them. It was madness to talk of war, and only a madman would contemplate such a thing. Churchill was ignored. But Churchill was right. The sad truth came all too quickly, to blight another generation and to send millions to the grave.Continue reading →
Samaritan Woman at the Well: A Different Perspective
The woman said to Him, ‘Sir, I can see that you are a prophet? Our ancestors worshipped on this mountain; but you people say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem.”
In 1923, the Jewish theologian Martin Buber wrote an immensely influential little book entitled I and Thou. Buber’s main point is that there are two ways of relating to other people in our lives: We can see them as objects to be used – what Buber calls an “I-it” relationship; or we can see others as having feelings, dreams and needs as real and as important as our own that can be the basis for dialogue and relationship – an “I-Thou” relationship.
In his memoirs, Buber tells the story of how he came to his theory of I-Thou and I-It. When he was a professor of philosophy at a university in Germany, a young student came to see him. The student had received his draft notice to serve in the German army in World War I. He was a pacifist by nature and afraid of being killed in battle, but, at the same time, he was a loyal and fiercely patriotic German. He asked Buber what he should do: serve his country and risk being killed or claim conscientious objector status and perhaps leave another young man to be killed in his place. Continue reading →
Entire nationalities are starting to disappear from the face of the earth at an alarming rate. If they were animals, they would be classed as an endangered species. In addition, many of these nationalities and countries are facing major problems in unemployment and their economy. What the researchers are pointing out is that these same countries survived generations and even centuries of war, invasion and other problems because of their strong families. But, they are now disappearing because they no longer have strong families.
We live in an interesting time. Incomes have never been higher and life spans have never been longer. For the most part, people are better fed and better educated than at any previous time in history. However, in spite of all of this, birthrates have fallen to historically low levels. In fact, in some places they have fallen so low that whole populations will cease to exist unless something is done soon. Continue reading →
Pro Life Corner – Freeport, IL – 9-17-2014 – St. Mary’s Parish in Freeport recently hosted the fourth annual International Mass and Maryfest. On August 18th, An International Mass was held at St. Mary Parish at noon. Our Mary Fest was a celebration of ALL nationalities within our church community and included languages, music & food from: France, Germany, the Philippines, Nigeria, Mexico and America. This was a Patronal Feast for St. Mary. EVERYONE was welcome. We had music, games, lots of food and fun for this celebration. Hope you’ll enjoy the video and interviews. Continue reading →