Tuesday, November 21, 2006

November 22 and the loss of innocence...

Mark Balma's "Pieta"
He's a wonderful painter. I haven't seen this painting in person but it was presented at the Cathedral of St. Paul with much fanfare last week. I like what I see in photos, although it seems a bit 'stiff' - however, I think it is just the photo - paintings need to be 'experienced' in relationship with the viewer, in person. Balma is a fine artist, the photo cannot do it justice.
The anniversary of the assassination of JFK is the 22 of November. It was 1963. I was in class, after lunch, when the announcement came over the intercom and we were all dismissed from school. I remember starring at the intercom in disbelief as the announcement was made. Returning home to watch non-stop footage on television. It is like yesterday to me.
Just a couple of years earlier Sr. Lillian led us all in prayer that this Catholic Senator would be elected President of our Country.
I, along with most of the world loved President Kennedy, and Jackie. We knew them as Jack and Jackie. They gave an international dignity and style to the White House and the presidency.
Bobby was later assassinated, and Jackie said, "They are killing Kennedys." And she took her children out of the country. Some people resented that. Not I.
I think Bobby's death hit me much harder than Jack's. He would have made a better President. I remember vividly his funeral train heading to Washington for his burial at the Arlington National Cemetery - the tracks lined all of the way with mourners. I remember it all so well..."The Battle Hymn of the Republic" played along the way. I remember Dr. King too. I do not want to look at footage of these events ever again, because they are emblazoned upon my memory. Yet younger people need to see it - they need to locate the pivotal moment of our decline.
Our Country entered it's decline in those days. I don't think we can ever recover. I know we haven't.
"Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!
She has become a dwelling place for demons.
She is a cage for every unclean spirit,
a cage for every unclean bird:
For she has made the nations drink
the poisoned wine of her lewdness." Revelation 18: 2-3
In many respects, that is us, exporting our MTV, movies, fast food, Hollywood morality, condoms and Planned Parenthood, what have you. We've fallen with our President.


  1. Spy in the hall12:24 PM

    Terry, I remember a quote from Pope John Paul II when he was here.
    " America change your ways lest you loose your soul " this quote has stuck with me, but I hope we can change.

  2. I thought it was a photo- too sad. I remember it, too- I was in kindergarten & I remember coming home & my mom was crying- & watching the funeral procession- & seeing the stricken family & nation.

    I agree with your assessment, & with the words posted above quoting JPII, from Spy...

    & I believe that there is hope for us!


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