Monday, August 14, 2006

Woe to us if we do not!

Fr. Euteneuer of HLI asks, "Will today's men learn from this man about manhood?"
Woe to us if we do not! In a world where feminist dogmas and intimidations shame men from living the heroism to which all of us are called, Kolbe beckons men to stand up, throw off this present totalitarianism and step out of line for those who need men most.
Today is the feast day of St. Maximilian Kolbe and Fr. Euteneuer writes about Maximilian's call to chastity and how we would do well to learn from him.
As men, we could all learn a simple lesson from Maximilian Kolbe in a fundamental area of virtue: namely, chastity. Men today don't connect chastity with manliness because they are indoctrinated by a sexualized society against the sacrifice it requires. But chastity is the proof of a man's virtue, not its destruction. Whether it is pre-marital chastity to respect women, periodic abstinence in marriage to respect wives, or permanent celibate chastity for God's kingdom, a man must learn it or live in a state of perpetual adolescence.
And regarding St. Maximilian's heroic sacrifice for the sake of a father and husband that he didn't even know:
If the real identifying mark of a man is his ability to forego his own desires for the good of others

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