I took some heat this past weekend about my blog posts being "too political" and not being "worthy of a read" because of their political nature. Fine. I would like to justify why I post what I do.
I'm a stay at home Catholic Mom. I homeschool my children for the exact same reason that I stay involved in the public square. Because I'm a Catholic Mom. I feel that being a Catholic witness publicly (and in our times, that means politically) is a vital part of my vocation. I feel that I have a lot of messes to tidy up both in my home and out of it. Look at all that is happening in this administration. Even if you bury your head in your skirt, ladies, you can't help but feel the tension when you announce with your family or by your words that you are a practicing Catholic in this day and age. I don't want to leave my children (that means my sons and my daughters) such a societal mess to inherit when I'm no longer to be so active (when they either lock me away in a nursing home if I'm lucky, or they euthanize me if I'm not lucky.)
I heard it reiterated again recently that if enough Catholics in this country practiced their Faith through their vote, the socially conservative issues for which we are to stand would not be "an issue" but would never have been brought to be. Therefore, I do not blame even the politicians themselves so much for passing the vote needed to create the mess I inherited from the generation before me. I blame in part...You guessed it...Catholic mothers....Hear me out.
If more Catholic mothers had stood up in the public square and decried abortion for the sin of murder that it is, our Nation wouldn't be stained with the blood of 245 million abortions (that's the latest estimate including chemical abortions from Pharmacists for Life). If more Catholic mothers had tended to their homes and their families, and instructed them in the Faith, we wouldn't have failed politicians like Nancy Pelosi and Sean Hannity. If more Catholic mothers had stood with their husbands and lived a true Catholic vocation in the image of Mary, we wouldn't have to fight the mockery of marriage that homosexuals are freely pushing for in our culture (with new advocates including conservative talk radio hosts Glen Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Ann Coulter.) One could almost be led to make the argument, that if more Catholic mothers trusted their husbands and married through discernment, women wouldn't have the vote at all, leaving out the whole fallacy of "voting for whom you feel is best" rather than who you are educated on to make the best choices for our nation...How do you think Obama got in in the first place??? A bunch of "well intentioned" obviously NON Catholic women!
So go ahead, don't read my blog posts. Consider yourselves politicallly active to the point you are comfortable with. If you wanted to hear the reasons why I am continuing to write in the vein I have been, that's pretty much the sum total of it. I'll keep sporadically posting cutsie pics of my children and a few recipes, you could even convince me to not post politics on here at all. But when my daughter turns to me with our nation crumbling around her ears and tells me she's going to the March for Life, or the March in Defense of Marriage, or writing yet another letter to the editor, or campaigning for the Catholic conservative politician in her town, or supporting the Crisis Care Pregnancy Center near her, or blogging on a failed culture, or even homeschooling her own children, I've already made up my mind not to give her anything but support for it.
So if I offend you, or embarrass you with my political viewpoints or posts, I apologize. That was never my intention. I know that part of being both a good American and a good Catholic is to form my conscience, and to live by my Faith. I stay involved in politics, actively involved, and I make it a point to keep my family (including both my male and female children involved.) Because its part of who I am. It's part of who Mike is. And mostly because I want to be set apart, at least in my daughter's eyes, from yet another failed generation of Catholic mothers.