Mr. Michael Ryman is a dedicated Lay Dominican of many years in the Chapter that meets at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. He sent me the following today, and the religious response seems for me to ask you for your prayers too.
Now that I have your attention, let me mention that here the 4th passed unnoticed, except for the elections in Baja California that drove out the PAN, the party founded some 80 yrs. ago to defend the Church, and put in the PRI party, founded some 180 years ago with U.S. money and arms to delete the Church; regime change is nothing new to American foreign policy. Both parties have mellowed, with the result that the Church is still somewhat oppressed. The PAN does not mind, and the PRI in Baja California does not want to make it worse. The PRI in the Federal Congress about a year ago amended the Constitution to say explicitly that religious principles cannot have any influence in politics, and then legalized homosexual marriage in Mexico City. As though nature itself is not clear about the oxymoron. Neither the Church nor logic have ever had it easy in Mexico .
I am currently reading Sun Tzu's The Art of War. He says, "There has never been a protracted war from which a country has benefited." (2.7) And this was written 350 B.C. History since then has repeatedly proven the maxim further. Most relevantly, the Soviet Union spent 9 years fighting in Afghanistan and shortly afterwards collapsed. We have now spent 9 years in Afghanistan ourselves. Bullets shot in a battle between drug cartels in Juarez yesterday hit City Hall in El Paso. In Texas next to the border there are swaths taken over by the Mexican cartels and the US border guards find it too dangerous to enter. This is what is called annexation. What the heck are we doing in Afghanistan when our southern border is constantly violated?
Well, hoping all of you had a patriotic, happy 4th,
Fr. Bart, O.P.
Please ask the men of the House [meaning the priests who live here with me] to pray for my intentions . . .tomorrow at the campaign HQ of Brian Murphy (R), candidate for MD Governor, at 11am he will announce his selection for Lieutenant Governor running mate—me.
Brian is pro-life and a very successful MD business from Easton, MD and a man of faith.
Check it out on his website: www.brianmurphy2010.com.
Please tell your friends in MD about this . . . we need plenty of support . . .not just $$$, but it is the “mother’s milk of politics” . . . we to get a “buzz” going with Pro-lifers, home schoolers, and Catholics to understand their obligations as disciples of Our Lord in the culture and politics of our country.
Tuesday, July 06, 2010
The following is from Fr. Bart de la Torre OP, currently serving the Dominican mission in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico: