Thursday, February 2, 2012

Just for Today, Please Stop the Obama Bashing on Facebook

Let me tell you a story. When I was three months old, my maternal grandmother carried me to her Methodist Church to get baptized over the objections of my hippie, "God is everywhere, we don't need to go to Church to find him" parents. My other grandmother sent the antique family baptismal gown for me to wear during my ceremony. No matter what the fads were during the early 1970s, my two grandmothers were united in one firm conviction. Their beloved granddaughter was going to get an old fashioned head dunking in a "real" church as soon as possible.

 I have done an absolutely miserable job of keeping my baptismal garment spot-less until my death (praise God for the restorative powers of Confession). Yet even if I was more pure of heart from the get-go, I would NEVER, ever be able to repay those two women for the priceless gift they gave me. Just like the baby Jesus, a woman carried me up to my Father's Temple when I was a mere infant and dedicated me to God. I lived the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in real life, as did many of my readers.

 Now contrast my story with President Obama. From all appearances his Kansas Mom and his Kansas Grandma did an awesome job raising him. The guy ended up as the first African-American head of the Harvard Law Review. He's in a solid marriage, has two wonderful girls, and he's currently President of the United States of America. From what I've been able to piece together, however, it appears that there is one thing they omitted. He didn't get baptized as a kid.

 We have a strong fight with the Obama administration's recent ruling that Catholic institutions must pay for birth control pills, abortions and sterilizations. While we must support our Bishops, write our outraged letters to Congress, and pray fervent prayers to Saint Micheal the Archangel, we also need to remember one crucial fact. Our fight is not with President Obama. Our fight is with the Devil. That tricky, mean-spirited Devil who often paints black as white and can easily mislead boatloads of people away from God's glorious Truth.

 So during all our intense activity let us remember the virtue of humility. Most of us got graced with infant baptism. We didn't become Christians because of our own efforts. We were carried to Christ in a faithful woman's arms.  Let us have compassion on those who didn't get that favor. On this Feast of the Presentation, let us truly pray for our enemies. Let us pray that the Illumination of Christ comes to enlighten all minds, our own minds and President Obama's mind too.

Mother Mary, pray for us. Pray for President Obama to become one of your beloved sons, fashioned in the image and likeness of your dear Jesus.

16 comments:

  1. I think that not speaking up has gotten us into a lot of the predicament we are in now. It's like calling yourself catholic but doing abortions. Obama called himself Christian today at a "prayer" breakfast. I'm sorry but you can not be Christian and persecute other Christians.

    Calling him out on his lies is not being unchristian either. Yes, I pray for that man, but I will also fight him when he is wrong.

    I will not stand here and be quiet as my rights are stripped from me. Absolutely not! Not on this day, not on any day.

    His Cheistian self and his cohorts brought this fight to our door. I'm responding and will not apologize.

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  2. Look Sew, I think its very, very important to fight. We're Americans and we're Catholics. It's our duty to fight in the legislature for true democracy and to pray in a spiritual battle.

    However, we have got to WATCH that we don't judge and don't fall into sin ourselves.

    President Obama is NOT baptized. He doesn't "get it" about this HHS mandate. He can't get it. The devil has free reign to mess up his precious intellect every chance he has.

    Just because we're RIGHT doesn't give us the right to be arrogant.

    Personally, I don't think Pres. Obama means to lie about being a Christian. I don't think he really knows that's its about sacramental grace from the sacrament of baptism--rather than just sort of a vague personal decision that Jesus Christ is sort of cool.

    How would he know that? NO ONE taught him our religion at an early age.

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  3. Great reminder, thank you.
    A (required) reading by Fulton Sheen(+) on Jesus' words: "Father forgive them, they know not what they do" was very enlightening and healing for me this week after confession.
    Praise God for His endless mercy! May we learn to mirror it in our daily lives, especially with those who hurt or offend us.

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  4. This is beautiful Abby. I always appreciate your take on things. The Holy Spirit truly works through you.

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  5. Charlie and I went to adoration today and prayed for our president. It was just coincidence, I can't remember the last time I have prayed for him, which is sad. He needs prayers, as we all do. Thanks for this reminder!

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  6. Thank you so much for posting this. As you pointed out, since he isn't baptized, he doesn't have protection from the Devil and he truly CAN'T understand what he's doing wrong. I'll pray for BHO today.

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  7. Abigail, I'm sorry. I can not make excuses for grown men. Umm maybe if he want to church and followed his chrisitainity he might know? He is a grown man and for that matter the President of our nation. I just can not do it.

    You mean the leader of the nation is calling himself christian but doesn't even know the rules and regulations to his own religion he follows? Hmmm I'm confused.

    If you think my FB post was arrogant when I almost threw up that he called himself Christian at a prayer breakfast. That is fine. That was my actual reaction. At least I wasn't lying as Mr. President. :)-

    He is using Christianity when he sees fit....

    I'm not claiming to be without sin....But I sure won't back down toward prosecution especially when the person calls himself "christian"....Sorry.

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  8. Where's the love, sweet Sew? Where's the love?

    We are supposed to "admonish sinners." Check.

    We're supposed to stand up for the truth of the Catholic Church. We're supposed to protect human life. We're supposed to insist the President follows the Constitution. Check.

    Jesus gives us another hard rule, however. We're supposed to love our enemies and to pray for them.

    We're NOT allowed to mean during our fight. We can't engage in name calling or personal attacks. We're supposed to love the sinner and only hate the sin.

    Our church is a church of conversion. Our church is the church of St. Paul, St. Augustine and St. Mary Magdalene.

    We've got to believe that Pres. Obama is a valuable soul and that he can change. We've got to pray that he makes it to heaven as one of Jesus' true friends and we've got to truly want him to make it there in our hearts.

    When our "correction" comes out of love for him and concern for his soul, our words will touch hearts.

    Again, its all about humility. The only reason that we Catholics can see this HHS issue clearly is not this superior "logic" of our brains. Its because we have the illumination of the Christ in our hearts and minds.

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  9. I think we just have different ways of expressing ourself.... :) I'm not going to quiet down anytime soon. :) I'm not attacking him either. He literally made me want to vomit when he called himself christian.

    So are you saying that since this man was not baptized he doesn't know that he needs to be baptized? I'm so confused by this logic because he claims to be christian. If he practices as a Christian then you might want to get up to date on what needs to be done.

    I mean we are not living in a 3rd world country. I can not, again, make excuses for grown men who claim they are Christian. That is silly talk to me. What am I missing about this whole baptism thing?

    He uses the Christian card to his benefit....I'm not gonna love that......Sorry.

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  10. As Christians, we are called to preach the truth. With love.

    I believe half the reason most atheists, non-Christians, etc, feel they way the do about Christ is the poor example some of us set. A self righteous attitude, so to speak. I'm with Abigail, on this one. When Christ came, who did He come for? The sinners. The tax collectors, prostitutes...bottom of the barrel men and women. When Our Lord suffered and died on that cross, He did so for everyone. So, how can I proclaim to love Him and serve, but yet refuse to love and pray for our President as well? Yes, fight for our faith. Fight for the Truth. Christ is the Truth, for which I would lay down my life. However, we are called to love. "For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?.... but love you your enemies, and do good, and lend..hoping for nothing again. And your reward shall be great, and you shall be children of the Highest...be merciful, and your Heavenly Father is merciful."

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  11. I personally don't believe the man is actually Christian. Muslim - maybe. Agnostic or atheist - maybe. Christian - not likely. But that's my opinion based on his actions and deeds.
    Regardless. I recently had the thought (no doubt from the Holy Spirit) - Jesus loves that man, but not all he does. Just like Jesus loves me, but not all I do.

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  12. Abigail,

    Wonderful post! It brings another aspect to our speaking out. That we need to speak out firmly for our faith but with love for the sinner. Because after all, aren't we are all sinners saved by grace?

    I used to call myself a Christian without understanding all it entailed. I was ignorant for lack of education. No one taught me.

    I do however question Obama calling himself a Christian. I think he uses the label for convenience and as a political tactic. I don't think he actually ascribes to any of the Christian beliefs--like Michelle, I base that on his actions.

    I will however pray for him. Maybe through prayer he will be called to a conversion.

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  13. Love this post... but can totally appreciate Sew's view on the issue, too. I just thought I'd share this quote by Fulton Sheen - maybe some of you have seen this one before. It just seemed to fit nicely with this topic:

    "Christian love bears evil, but it does not tolerate it. It does penance for the sins of others, but it is not broadminded about sin. The cry for tolerance never induces it to quench its hatred of the evil philosophies that have entered into contest with the Truth. It forgives the sinner, and it hates the sin; it is unmerciful to the error in his mind. The sinner it will always take back into the bosom of the Mystical Body, but his lie will never be taken into the treasury of His Wisdom. Real love involves real hatred: whoever has lost the power of moral indignation and the urge to drive the buyers and sellers from the temples has also lost a living, fervent love of Truth. Charity, then, is not a mild philosophy of “live and let live”; it is not a species of sloppy sentiment. Charity is the infusion of the Spirit of God,which makes us love the beautiful and hate the morally ugly. ~Fulton Sheen

    God bless you all for your beautiful blogs... and your ever- faithful witness to the beauty of our faith! :)

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  14. Sew,
    There are many protestant denominations that think of baptism as only a symbol and not necessary for salvation being that the only thing necessary is to "let Jesus into your heart."

    When Obama was in Chicago he went to a UCC Church (United Church of Christ). One thing I do know about them is that, in general, they are a very liberal denomination that accept practicing homosexuality, aboriton, and gay mariage.

    In these modern times it is, unfortunately, difficult to know where someone who calls themself a Christian stands on moral issues as "the ways of the world" has crept into our churches.

    I think Abigail hits it on the nose when she says in her comment that Obama's view of being a Christian is a vague personal decision that Jesus is sort of cool. But I do think he is throwing it out there for political reasons too, God bless him.

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  15. "We didn't become Christians because of our own efforts. We were carried to Christ in a faithful woman's arms."

    I think this is absolutely beautiful.

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