I didn’t watch the Superbowl, but I heard that half time show was not wholesome.Let me be completely honest. Many of you may disagree, but I’m going to say it any way:
The Superbowl is one of the most successful studies of human nature and concupiscence. Marketers spend millions of dollars studying what will cause a human being to buy beer, chips, cars, etc., and they have it down to a science. The Superbowl’s commercial apparatus is the Pontifical Solemn High Mass of our sensual nation. It is a planned liturgical event to appeal to our appetite for materialism and sexuality.
Here’s what I worry about: Do Catholic girls know more about Beyonce than they do about Saint Agatha? If that’s the case it’s time to take same action.
Please let me make a suggestion: The feast days of Saints Agatha, Agnes, Cecilia, Philomena, Lucy, Anastasia, Dorothy, and Maria Goretti should be Catholic “International Daddies take their Daughters to Mass days.” We must create a culture that loves the great virgins of the Catholic Church.
One of the most powerful tactics in battling our culture of promiscuity and sexual license is a greater reverence for virginity. We must praise our young daughters for being virgins and we must tell them that we value virginity as an exalted status. The same goes for our sons. As we discussed only a few days ago in a previous post, Saint Thomas Aquinas is a wonderful example of modesty and purity at all costs. Virgins, the Catholic Faith teaches, have a special place in the liturgical calendar, and they each receive a special crown in Heaven (according to St Thomas Aquinas).
Fathers and mothers need to be strategic in how they instill this love for purity in their children. We must teach our children that physical death is to be preferred over immodesty and sexual promiscuity. Yes, it’s that serious. As the mother of Saint Louis of France used to say: “I love you my dear son, as much as a mother can love her child; but I would rather see you dead at my feet than that you should commit a mortal sin.”
Saint Agatha and these heroic young women demonstrate that virginity is more valuable than earthly life itself. It’s difficult to communicate this to our sons and daughters, but the stories of the virgin martyrs bring it into full focus. Create a moral fire wall and keep Beyonce out of your minds. Instead, welcome and introduce the heroic saints of modesty into your homes and into your prayers.
So take your family to Holy Mass today to honor Saint Agatha and tell them her story.
I want to hear from you, so please leave a comment:
1) Am I being too hard on the Superbowl? Note, I’m not making a judgment about the sport, but I am making a judgment about the commercial apparatus that makes it possible. Personally, I find it disgusting. Please leave a comment and feel free to disagree. I’m willing to discuss this.
2) Secondly, I would like to hear from parents about how they instill a love for modesty and virginity. I want to learn from you, especially from other fathers. How do we create in our children an deep reverence for modesty and a horror for sexual sin? Please leave a comment with helpful advice.
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