Saintly passion can heal the malaise of political correctness

Posted November 13, 2017 8:32 pm by Editor

Saintly passion can heal the malaise of political correctness
Do our young people currently believe 
in anything with conviction?

We could describe our times with just two lines from the poem “The Second Coming” by W. B. Yeats: “The best lack all conviction, while the worst?/Are full of passionate intensity.” Canada and the entire West are caught in this web of political correctness, tolerance, diversity and equity thinking. We’re forced to accept without question the progressive and leftist views either through policies or laws. Compelled speech is now legal. Just recently a law was passed in Ontario that makes it illegal to stand and say in front of an abortuary that it’s wrong to intentionally kill the unborn. For this, one risks being arrested, fined and possibly be sent to jail. Logic and reason are no match for feelings.

Perhaps what we need today to counter this indoctrinating environment is the wisdom of the saints. Let me explain. A person recognized for Christian holiness is a saint. It’s someone who has lived life with heroic devotion. Saints live with such bold zeal for the faith that they fully give their lives spiritually and sometimes physically to what they believe. Those who die for that faith are known as martyrs. Is political correctness worth dying for? Can we really excite students about diversity studies? Will the freedom to join a school sex club give greater meaning to the lives of students? Will  young people go to war to protect the pro-choice view?

We think that saintly conviction is what young people must regain in order to push back identity politics: today’s confusion over the sexes, life and family. Saints are rebels for love of God and neighbour. Their witness makes them break the boundaries of self and what society’s considers limits. Their sacrifice is endless, inexhaustible and contagious. We thought of this connection recently while reading about the life St. Margaret Clitherow from Singrid Undset’s wonderful book titled Stages on the Road, an inspiring collection about lives of a number saints. 
Margaret stood up without compromise against the madness of state “religion” imposed on Catholics by Henry VIII. Remember the king could not get an annulment for his marriage to Catherine of Aragon from Pope Clement VII and so for an adulterer began the Church of England. Margaret, along with countless others, was put to death for her beliefs. Her crime? She converted to Catholicism and with the help of her husband made their home a place of refuge for priests where Mass could be celebrated. Margaret was an ardent promoter of the faith. But the laws of England at the time made Catholic belief illegal and dangerous. The house was eventually searched by the authorities and chalices and vestments proved as evidence that priests were sheltered there.
At her trumped-up trial, she refused to plead guilty for fear that her family members and friends would be forced to testify as witnesses. Margaret loved God but never forgot her neighbour. In her defence, she merely said: “Having made no offense, I need no trial.” The verdict: she was sentenced to be “pressed to death.” This was a horrible act where the person was forced under a door, hands tied to posts and heavy rocks were placed on top until the individual was eventually crushed to death. Margaret was killed on March 25, 1586, with these her final words: “Jesu, Jesu, Jesu, have mercy on me!” She was just thirty years old.

In the end, Margaret’s unwavering fidelity to God strengthened as her faith was put to the ultimate test. Margaret had no intention of dying a martyr but only to remain true to her convictions to the end, even at the cost of her life. Margaret produced the “good deeds from a good heart” that we read about in St. Luke: “A tree from good stock doesn’t produce scrub fruit nor do trees from poor stock produce choice fruit…. A good man produces good deeds from a good heart. And an evil man produces evil deeds from his hidden wickedness.”

Is there anything that today’s youth believe so strongly and with such passion as Margaret did? What, if anything, would they give up their lives to defend? Have they traded their faith for the political and secular “religion” of the day? Margaret was only thirty when she died for her belief. We instead have young men and women at close to that age in universities completing PhDs in sexual diversity studies, feminist issues, multicultural, racial and queer topics. We have so many programs of higher learning that give students little meaning to their lives and hope for the future. It’s time to put an end to social justice studies, victimhood preaching, identity politics and diversity indoctrination of every kind. Students need to be challenged once again and instructed that they can make a positive contribution to society and live meaningful lives. A good life is worth living. Students need to be revolutionaries for reason, science and truth. Saintly passion, St. Margaret’s example, can save society and our youth from the malaise of political correctness that has afflicted the nation. 

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