Some of us took a gut punch this week. Someone we know, respect and cared for like a brother changed the course of his life, relationships with friends and the security of his family with a single fateful decision. Ours is a business with “zero tolerance” for the kind of decisions he knew better than to make…and he made it anyway. Good Sunday Morning Dear Friend. I hope and pray that you will never have to live through the worst kind of hell our friend has found himself in this weekend.
As Rob Roy said, “Honor is the gift a man gives himself.” He might have added, “…and he’s the only one who can send it back.”
“A Most Wanted Man”
As tragic as the loss of any human life is, Philip Seymour Hoffman was a pathetic junkie who essentially traded his children, his wife/girlfriend, career and his own soul for his own pleasure. Listening to the media whores transform a junkie into a deity on the heels of my friend’s fall from Grace really struck a chord in me.
Heroin epidemics reaching into the suburbs, known perverts on the ballot for New York City Mayor, Governors under investigation for corruption and abuse of power, Christians persecuted and slaughtered around the world and condoms for sixth-graders while Conservatives are being targeted by their own lawless government. And now we’ve enshrined the lowest life of all as our “Most Wanted Man”…somebody stick a fork in us! Poetic irony anyone? Who would remember the state of Grace, let alone seek it?
Fame, it seems to me, has probably taken more souls than heroin. 50 media sources in 1983 down to 6 today…all streaming the same message into your child’s brain through cable feed and “smart phone” 24/7. Fame and pleasure are all that matters…even if it takes your soul and a toe tag to get there! It’s almost as if they’re intentionally breeding a society of narcissistic losers! People like Ben Carson and Condoleezza Rice who have the most inspiring personal stories of honor, courage and integrity to share are turned away from college campuses in favor of Snooki and radical convicted cop-killer Kathy Boudin! Why on earth would our kids choose to become neurosurgeons and Secretaries of State when they can become real social heroes as promiscuous unwed mothers and terrorists instead?
But who would want to send the message that virtuous men and women are no longer wanted? What would they have to gain? Why have these same people placed a bounty on the heads of people of Faith? I had a young man send me a link yesterday in response to my “Meet the Greatest Crooks/Billionaire’s Club” piece. It was apparently a website that listed 250 of Obama’s accomplishments. He referred to it as “awesome!” This is proof of the devastating effect the institutions of “higher learning” have had on our children. The facts that a serial liar who has locked down the press, targeted citizens and violated his oath of office is inconsequential! 250 accomplishments? How insane have we become? Our children are being corrupted, we are drowning in debt and our world is on the verge of a global police state collapsing into a raging inferno of greed, corruption and hatred BECAUSE the President of the most powerful country in the world is an immoral psychopath sewing the seeds of envy and class warfare!
I wonder what goes on in the minds of our muzzled clergymen and women as they observe the unfolding carnage their silence has invited. “Intensity” and “Intelligence” are the desirable qualities of the new clarion call…to a new generation of willing robots.
The most frightening thing of all, thank you Monsignors, is that the new generation will never have known what a virtuous person looks like, or what it means to be self-less because the Roy Benavides are hidden in the closet along with Carson and Rice. But this is an example of who we used to be. There is nothing “awesome” about Obama; he’s a liar and a thief. This, on the other hand, is what “Awesome” looks like young man!