Saturday, January 20, 2007
Be a Marine?
Who wants to be a Marine? Well everyone does. Their maxim- "the few, the proud, the Marines".
What does it take to be a Marine- hard work, aspiring to be the best, elitism and a conviction that it is necessary.
When you hold up an ideal. Everyone wants to aspire to it.
Like the Church. Once being Catholic was considered elite- the shock troops of Christianity, ready to shed blood in a moment for the Truth. Membership in the Church was necessary for salvation (Pius IX thought so in his Syllabus of Errors), and it took hard work. There was ritual, mystery, aspiration for the best- for sanctity.
We've ripped out the altar rails, dispensed with holy days of obligation, reduced requirements for fasting and eliminated the necessity of adhering to the belief and system of the True Faith. Optional. Unnecessary. All inclusive.
And guess what? No one wants it.