"You aim at a devout life, dear Philothea, because as a Christian you know that such devotion is most acceptable to God's Divine Majesty," says St. Francis de Sales in his book "Introduction to the Devout Life".
And we can all be Philotheas, as St. Francis notes: "I have made use of a name suitable to all who seek the devout life, Philothea meaning one who loves God."
The homosexual socio-political agenda rolls on, even in the
far corner of Eastern Oregon, in the little town of La Grande, a mere 45 miles
from where I live.
I was greeted by this
story in the local paper the other day:
Apologizes for Anti-Gay Facebook Posts
La Grande Mayor Daniel Pokorney stood
up in front of a crowd of about 150 people Monday and did a difficult thing. He
admitted he was wrong. And he said he was sorry.
Mayor Dan Pokorney
Except that he wasn't wrong. This is getting pretty close to home.
As I mentioned, I live only 45 miles away. I know Dan
Pokorney personally. He’s an instituted acolyte for the La Grande parish, has
served as the local Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, and is the
chairman of the Union County chapter of Oregon Right to Life. He wears many other hats around the parish, too. The newspaper
story goes on to say:
In one of his Facebook posts,
Pokorney called Washington State the “latest state to transition to Sodom and
Gomorrah,” and in another, he criticized New Jersey for continuing what he
called the “abomination of same sex unions.”
It is an
abomination. And because I know Dan loves his Catholic faith, I’m sad that he
felt pressured to issue an apology for speaking the truth. I wish he had not.
am not standing in Dan’s shoes.
More of the story:
Much of the subsequent outcry
came from members of Eastern Oregon University’s Gay-Straight Alliance…On
Monday, EOU President Bob Davies issued an open letter, saying students had
asked for a meeting with the mayor, and that Pokorney had agreed.
…As the forum got under way at
Huber, Davies urged civility, as did Megan Baker, the president of the
“I want to hear both sides of
the story before I come to judgment,” Baker said.
So…the president of the Gay-Straight Alliance is permitted
to “judge”?! I thought no one was supposed to be “judgmental”. I guess that
proscription goes only one way.
The story also mentions that
The word “hate” cropped up
several times as the meeting progressed.
In his apology, Dan said:
“I don’t hate anyone. My intent was not to be
hurtful, but to express myself on important issues.”
But this was not hateful. It is not hateful to call sin what
it is: an abomination, just as Dan said. It is not hateful to warn people that
they are approaching a steep cliff and that they might fall off and die. That
is not hate. And it is not hateful to say that homosexual behavior is wrong,
sinful, an abomination. That is the truth, and knowing it and understanding it
can save a soul from going to hell.
"Hate" is what is happening to the fourteen-year-old girl who
also spoke out about the wrongness of “gay marriage” and is
receiving death threats from those very people who preach tolerance. That’s
hate. And it is not coming from the girl!
I haven’t had any personal conversation with Dan Pokorney
about his situation. I don’t know what kind of pressure was brought to bear on him.
I do know that the homosexual agenda-pushers are pretty darn good at guilt
tripping people over political correctness…even in Eastern Oregon. And Dan is a political figure, being the mayor
of the city and all.
I admit that I am tempted to think that I would never have
capitulated. I would not have apologized for speaking the truth! No, not me!
I would stand firm!
How easy it is for me to think that! How easy it is for me
to say it!
am not standing in Dan’s shoes.
And this is not a criticism of Dan Pokorney.
Instead, I look at Dan Pokorney's predicament and I think: There, but
for the grace of God, go I.
It’s a lesson to me. It says we must intensify our efforts
to fortify ourselves against the coming present persecution. Things are
going to get worse before they get better, I suspect.
We must know our
faith, and we must not yield to the
god of public opinion. We’re not used to that. Self-mortification is a key
element in preparing to be persecuted.
It’s Lent. It’s a good time to practice self-mortification.