Monday, February 15, 2010

Teach your children...

But not like this.
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I came across this photo on a Catholic blog I sometimes 'monitor'.  The same blogger posts videos of himself, making the sign of the cross before each video, in Latin no less, and then ranting about stuff; posting harsh language alerts - as if that takes care of his soul.  When people raise kids like the one shown in the photo, it is child abuse.
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"See, here you have passed by a small child, passed by in anger, with a foul word, with a wrathful soul; you perhaps did not notice the child, but he saw you, and your unsightly impious image,  has remained in his defenseless heart.  You did not know it, but you may have thereby planted a bad seed in him, and it may grow, all because you did not restrain yourself before the child, because you did not nurture in yourself a heedful, active love." - Dostoevsky, Brothers Karamazov; Talks and Homilies
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These parents circle the earth and the sea in order to enrich their children, and they make them children of perdition twofold more than they themselves are. [Mt: 23:15]

15 comments:

  1. excellent. thanks for posting.

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  2. It's an awful image to see a child doing this kind of gesture. Does he have an absentee parents?

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  3. You did not know it, but you may have thereby planted a bad seed in him, and it may grow, all because you did restrain yourself before the child...

    Terry - I may be wrong, but when I read this, I noticed that the word "not" belongs in front of the word "restrain".

    Great post.

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  4. It looks like the brat is a Dutch "football hooligan."

    European football (soccer) fans seem to make American fans look tame by comparison.

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  5. michael r.7:16 AM

    Nothing a bar of soap couldn't tame...

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  6. Larry - thanks - I fixed it.

    Ray - nice catch - thanks.

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  7. I've seen this kind of thing in person and the adults around the child often times think it's funny.

    I would be horrified.

    One of my children likes to say the same bad word that I have used and it kills me to hear it. Kills me!
    It's hard enough to correct my own sins but then I create the added burden of trying to correct theirs as well. All from my own actions.

    When I sin I have to see it repeated at least 8 times. I've watched sin breed and feed upon its self. Just like in hell I suppose.

    Parenting is especially painful for the repentant sinner.

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  8. Belinda: You identify something important. Fr. said that essentially, that holiness breeds holiness, for e.g, holy priests make holy priests, holy parents make holy parents et cetera...

    Terry: "The same blogger posts videos of himself, making the sign of the cross before each video, in Latin no less, and then ranting about stuff; posting harsh language alerts - as if that takes care of his soul".

    I am distressed by cranky, mean spirited, know-it-all Catholics, in particular, "noted bloggers" and we all know who they are--who will not tolerate an opposing view.There is a homosexual activist priest who is VERY popular in the media. Call him to task for the same and you are a "uncharitable bigot" for e.g. Or name Thomas Merton as new ager, and you advised that you are calling "Merton lovers" heretics.
    I really am starting to think, some days, that I am not spiritually fit enougth for dealing w/ all this. I know a certain priest who is marketing his books on his blig which I find a bit more than a little unseemly. Maybe I am cranky but boy--some days it sure isn't pretty in the Catholic blogospere.

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  9. Maria wrote..I am distressed by cranky, mean spirited, know-it-all Catholics.

    Me too!! I understand that we don't tolorate the sins of others but it seems as though bloggers don't care much for sinners either. Some bloggers seem to make Catholicism unnecessarly painful.

    Maybe Vatican 2 has been a divine test for all of us.

    That's why - for the most part, I keep to myself.

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  10. Anonymous1:57 PM

    Maria:

    Have you been posting on Fr. Martin over at The Anchoress?? Is that you?

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  11. Anonymous: Maybe it would be helpful to re-read my post. Is there some reason you are not identifying yourself?

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  12. Again, reason # 2,234,264 that there are only a handful of Catholic blogs I read and every one of them is not just Catholic - they all have OTHER stuff too, like personal family stories, recipes, Saint O' The Day stuff, and pics of bears at pic-a-nic tables...
    I have no idea whose blog you're talking about, and I'm glad!
    Ugh...

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  13. This image is from a Catholic blog?
    Huh?
    Am I missing something?

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  14. Maria8:53 PM

    Padre: Sometimes "Catholic Blogs" take the Catholic out of Catholicism.

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  15. I don't see why a blogger shouldn't plug his own books on his own blog, priest or no. Especially if a priest has written a book to help people in some way. I doubt authors of pious Catholic books rake it in from sales, and usually the author has put a lot of work and prayer into book to say something he thinks is really important. So he wants you to read it, to learn the thing he's gone to so much effort to write.

    Also the people who would most benefit from "pious books" are often the folk who would never buy one and who don't read Catholic blogs or papers - it's the folk who do who have to buy the books to put them in the hands of those who do.

    fwiw. An attempt to remove scandal :)

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