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« on: July 04, 2010, 05:32:10 PM »
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  • ELEISON COMMENTS CL (May 29, 2010) : EMBATTLED BOYS.

    EC 146 told of the difficulty that teaching Sisters have with today's girls. EC 147 traced the problem back to the home. Now, some of you ask, what about the boys ? Catholics know that boys and girls, as to the saving of their souls for the next life, are equal, so both must be prepared alike, first and foremost, to get to Heaven. But about there the likeness ends. God has appointed man and woman for quite different roles in this life, which is why the Church has always condemned co-education. Then what do boys specifically need ?

    As woman has gifts of heart to look after home and children, so man has gifts of reason to lead them and provide for them by, ever since original sin, "the sweat of his brow" (Gen. III, 19). Therefore while a girl's formation must centre around what will serve husband and children inside the home, a boy's formation should train him for (1) work and (2) responsibility outside the home, which will usually mean, in the big bad world. There he is going to need (3) judgment, (4) self-discipline and (5) manliness. We already have quite a programme !

    In this programme, the example given to a boy by his father is all-important ! Parents of today, you must have been yourselves formed 20 to 30 years ago, well after the revolutionary 1960's. Do all of you realize what that means ? Do have the humility to recognize that your own formation, in school and/or home, most likely ill prepared you to raise children so to live as to get to Heaven. Fathers, set about correcting your own indolence, irresponsibility, silliness, self-indulgence and unmanliness, and you will be doing the very best you can for your boys !

    WORK outside in nature is the best. Let a boy swing an axe, cut down a tree, plant a garden, ride a horse, build a shed. Sport at best is manly recreation, but it is not meant to be any more than recreation. A genuine need of the family best teaches RESPONSIBILITY, also taught by a boy's suffering from the consequences of his own mistakes, instead of being protected from them. JUDGMENT he will learn by being encouraged to use his mind, by discussions at the family table, by the company and instruction of his father whom he naturally hero-worships and follows, but who must take time to listen to his boy and counsel him, especially in adolescence. DISCIPLINE he will learn by getting up early in the morning, by a daily routine to which he sticks, by getting early to bed, and by not dating until, more or less, he is looking to marry. The less he gives to girls he will not marry, the more he will have to give to the girl he will marry. MANLINESS will be the reward for following out such a programme.

    Finally, parents, notice how electronics as a rule make a boy 1 idle, 2 irresponsible, 3 silly, 4 soft and 5 frustrated.

    Cast out of the home electronics' spell,
    If your boys are not to drop into Hell !

    Kyrie eleison.
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    « Reply #1 on: July 04, 2010, 05:51:30 PM »
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    « Reply #2 on: July 04, 2010, 06:14:41 PM »
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  • Bravo.
    This is brilliant. And, the part about my the children of the boomers having to learn how to behave our own selves is spot on. I had no idea what it meant to be a lady and most certainly not a Catholic Lady.

    And, as for the electonics. My boys got a Wii for Christmas from their much older brothers. And, a little over two weeks ago I got so darn tired of it. I would limit it anyhow and still trouble would brew. And, espcially for my 11 year old son. He has a naturally competive nature. That can be good in the right place. But, he would turn into this snarling yelling monster. So, the Wii is gone. And, I can even say that after days of grumbling, and complaining they are actually picking up the books I leave all over the house for them.

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    « Reply #3 on: July 05, 2010, 01:03:31 AM »
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    EC 146 told of the difficulty that teaching Sisters have with today's girls. EC 147 traced the problem back to the home. Now, some of you ask, what about the boys ? Catholics know that boys and girls, as to the saving of their souls for the next life, are equal, so both must be prepared alike, first and foremost, to get to Heaven. But about there the likeness ends. God has appointed man and woman for quite different roles in this life, which is why the Church has always condemned co-education. Then what do boys specifically need ?


      I think co-education in colleges and universities is even worse.  :turban: s seperate boys and girls from ellementary school till high school. But co-education is allowed at uni. They do it because of purity as if a 2nd grade child was capable of some sin and a 20 y/o uni student wasn't!!!
    Tell me that the church isn't like that.

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    « Reply #4 on: July 05, 2010, 10:24:43 AM »
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  • I wish I could say American Traditional Catholics aren't like that, but their worldly ambitions for their children tend to be such that they want to send them to the coeducational university whether or not it is really necessary to do so.



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    « Reply #5 on: July 06, 2010, 05:00:34 AM »
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  • thanks for this! i always admire the bishop's writings most esp about family! :incense:

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    « Reply #6 on: July 06, 2010, 02:28:29 PM »
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  • Quote from: JoanScholastica
    thanks for this! i always admire the bishop's writings most esp about family! :incense:


    Wow! Look who's dropped in! Nice to see you, Joan!
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    « Reply #7 on: July 06, 2010, 02:31:53 PM »
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  • Ditto that, Mater.  What a pleasant surprise!


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    « Reply #8 on: July 07, 2010, 04:57:35 PM »
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  • Quote from: Telesphorus
    I wish I could say American Traditional Catholics aren't like that, but their worldly ambitions for their children tend to be such that they want to send them to the coeducational university whether or not it is really necessary to do so.



    Reminds me of a quote I recently came across from St. John Chrysostom: "Isn't it absurd to send children out to jobs and to school, and to do all you can to prepare them for these, and yet not to "bring them up in the chastening and admonition of the Lord" [Eph. 6:4]?... Discipline is needed, not eloquence; character, not cleverness; deeds, not words. These gain a man the kingdom..." Homily 21 on Ephesians 6:1-4.

    Traditional Catholic children should be told that we don't want for them what the American Dream or even their parents want for them.
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    « Reply #9 on: July 07, 2010, 06:04:53 PM »
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    Quote from: JoanScholastica
    thanks for this! i always admire the bishop's writings most esp about family! :incense:


    Wow! Look who's dropped in! Nice to see you, Joan!


    Thanks so much, Mater! it's such a warm welcome! missed you all here and nice to be back home!  :alcohol:

    Elizabeth, thanks as well!!! :cool:

     

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