Thanks once again to our host Larry D. at Acts of the Apostasy, who has exceeded himself once again. Go look!
On Tuesday mornings we’ve been watching Fr. Barron’s Catholicism DVD’s at the nearby parish (not ours) that has the most convenient times. Excellent. BUT, episode three is a
little a lot abstract for the kids. I’m hoping it goes back to more concrete story-telling type episodes in the weeks ahead.
I could tell my 3rd-grader was not fully paying attention, because her feet were in the air. You know how you raise your hand to ask a question in class? Or you raise two hands in air to communicate secret messages from referee to fans, or from evangelical praise-and-worshiper to God? It was just like that, only with feet.
I’d told the group leader we’d be slipping out right after the DVD, and not staying for the group discussion, so that we could get home and get started on school work. Kids and I discussed the Problem of Evil (subject of episode 3) on the way, and curiously, the boy proposed “God testing us” as one of the possible explanations for evil things in the world.
I challenged that notion, but I’ll tell you I do think it’s one of the explanations for good things in the world. Because as we pulled in, our shy-but-friendly bachelor neighbor, who never comes over, was poking around our entry way, looking for us. Because he’d found this:
The contention, then, that the civil government should at its option intrude into and exercise intimate control over the family and the household is a great and pernicious error.
True, if a family finds itself in exceeding distress, utterly deprived of the counsel of friends, and without any prospect of extricating itself, it is right that extreme necessity be met by public aid, since each family is a part of the commonwealth.
In like manner, if within the precincts of the household there occur grave disturbance of mutual rights, public authority should intervene to force each party to yield to the other its proper due; for this is not to deprive citizens of their rights, but justly and properly to safeguard and strengthen them.
But the rulers of the commonwealth must go no further; here, nature bids them stop.
I see that I’ve hit my deadline for sidebar updating, so I guess I’ll officially slide that onto my to-do list. But I’m open to suggestions as long as the work in is progress. And of course, Tuesday’s Link Day, which is when instead of e-mailing fun things I ought to post but forget to, you just tell the world all by yourself. Entirely optional.