See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. - James 5:7

Friday, January 21, 2011

St. Agnes in hell...



Or Roman MTV.
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Today is the feast of St. Agnes, a child martyr from the early Church.  The twelve year old daughter of Roman nobility who consecrated her virginity to Christ was put to death in the reign of Diocletian for refusing to marry the son of the Roman Prefect, Sempronius.  Before her death, Agnes was subjected to immoral tortures, dragged through the streets naked to a brothel so that her virginity might be violated and she could be executed according to Roman law.  Agnes was steadfast and her virginity preserved, though she was ultimately put to death.  Strange facts, don't you agree?  A morally corrupt culture seeking to follow the law as regards capital punishment, yet more than willing to violate the innocence and morality of youth.
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How like our own culture... 
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MTV, long a corrupter of morals, seems to be crossing a line of sorts lately with it's show "Skins". 
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"MTV executives have a new hit drama on their hands, featuring the sexual and drug-fueled exploits of misfit teenagers. They also have something else — a fear that coming episodes of the show may break the law.
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In recent days, executives at the cable channel became concerned that some scenes from the provocative new show “Skins” may violate federal child pornography statutes." - Source

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Child pornography statutes?  What about what we teach our kids in schools?
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"OAKLAND (CBS 5) — A teacher at Oakland’s Markham Elementary School has been suspended indefinitely after school officials said a pair of second-graders performed sex acts on each other in class – with the teacher present." - Source
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We desperately need the example and intercession of St. Agnes and other virgin martyrs and young saints.  Oh - and better parents and teachers too.
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Art: St Agnes in Prison Receiving from Heaven the Shining White Garment  - by Frank Cadogan Cowper.

4 comments:

  1. My God, how martyrs put us to shame ... could any of us endure that?

    Even now, we live in an age of martyrs. And we're clueless.

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  2. I pray every day for the Lord's mercy on our young people. St Agnes is without a doubt a saint for our times. The cathedral where I grew up and went to school is named for her.

    Blessings and
    +PAX

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  3. Kyrie Eleison...And so the need for reparation, penance and mortificaion for a culture that has so shalemelessly sexualized out children

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  4. That picture is haunting and beautiful. Makes me think of all the innocents who have died at the hands of their tormentors. May the angels greet them and lead them to paradise.

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