"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Bully: Thoughts from Fr. Barron

This is the very first video I have ever watched by Fr. Barron.

If I could respond to Fr. Barron I might say something like this:  "On the other hand, I sort of considered bullying an initiation rite all its own."  I'm sure that's wrong though.

One thing for certain, boys need good male role models.

h/t DB


  1. Are you kidding me?

    "Get your son in touch with a good role model"

    That's the role of the father. Not some outsider.

    Btw, bullying can be an initiation. Or at least it was for me. The first fight I was ever in was with a kid who bullied me until a friend in fourth grade said "hit him back". I did, and did not stop until he was a bloody mess. Which by the way is the best way to cure a bully. Kick his butt.

  2. LTG - I actually agree with you on this - it is the point I often try to make. I realize there are extreme cases of bullying when intervention needs to take place. As for male role models - it should be the dad - but now with single parent families it's a crap shoot.

  3. I'm glad you agree. It doesn't happen often.

  4. I haven't seen the movie yet and am wondering if it treats girl bullies? Maybe because my oldest is a girl and I coach girls basketball, but I saw more of this with girls with a lead bully and the other followers who laugh at her jokes to the misfortune of the one being bullied, who is often the rival of the lead bully. I think there is some aspect of narcissism most often behind bullying, such that the bully lacks sensitivity or awareness as to how their fun or teasing behavior affects another. I guess a male role model would help with this with either a boy or a girl, particularly the male role model of Jesus Christ, right?!

  5. Colleen - I was thinking about how this applies to mean girls all day. Narcissism works, more deeply it is a question of charity.

  6. Fr Barron seem to have a plethora of opinions, on just about every thing, doesn't he? Another celebrity priest. God help him...


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