I am concerned about the direction our country is headed from a political perspective. Unfortunately, our politics is simply a reflection of our culture, and our culture is a reflection of the primary institutions which shape our ways of thinking and the habits we develop. How have families changed in the last fifty years? How have our schools changed? How have our churches changed?
It does not take long to see the lack of decency in much of our political discourse these days, and that applies to both sides of the aisle. If we are unable to respect one another in our own homes, why would we ever expect politicians to respect one another during the course of debates and discussions which focus on the good of our nation? Let us build up and strengthen our families and make a positive difference in the lives of those around us.
The concerns about educational institutions, especially at the university level, have been thoroughly covered by many writers. There is no need for me to reiterate those concerns. I simply want to ask the question, "How has this impacted us?"
Finally, our churches have changed significantly. Did we water down the Gospel? Did we simply drift away? Did we intentionally allow poor theology, poor liturgy, and poor teaching to overtake the sacred? How did the abuse scandal go on for so long? Why are we surprised when society as a whole lacks upright moral values when we as a Church cannot even demonstrate and model such behavior? Do we truly yearn to be holy?
What does all of this have to do with freedom and honoring our veterans? More and more of our politicians are pointing the way to socialism. Before we give away the freedom that has been provided to us by the sacrifices of scores of people through the years, let us prayerfully study history and ask God for divine guidance. Let us have holy families, holy church communities, and educational institutions that build the Kingdom of God in the process of teaching Eternal Truth.
Also, the bishops of the United States have begun making their ad limina visits to Rome. Pray that these meetings bear fruit in the building up of the Kingdom of God!