OLA Message Is All Around Us
While watching the round of morning news shows, I came across Bill Cosby talking about his new book called "Come On People: On the Path from Victims to Victors" that he authored with Alvin F. Poussaint. In this book, the authors are calling upon Americans, especially Black Americans, to shed their own stereotypes and take control of their own lives by being responsible and choosing purity. These choices, the authors proclaim, will save them from an early demise and help restore their families and communities. WHAT A CONCEPT! It would be brilliant had Our Lady of America not already sounded this same warning bell 51 years earlier.
What these men are illustrating by the call to action in their book is that the messages of Our Lady of America in calling America's children to choose a life of purity, is UNIVERSAL...just like the Catholic Church!
It shows, without any doubt, that our society is acknowledging it is sick and that the cure for us all is in leading our children to choose those things in their life that are pleasing to God. Those are the things that He has laid before us for our own good and for the good of others. We must encourage our kids to avoid those things which are un-Godly and not good for us and each other. It is really very simple. Yet, it seems to be an uphill battle for us to compete against the pressures of advertisers and various media-related messages which constantly reinforce our "need" for these things which ultimately destroy us.
Have you Super-sized your order lately? Do you know what ALL of the lyrics are on your kid's iPod? Have you noticed car ads NEVER list the full sales price of a vehicle, just the monthly payment? Why are teen fashions getting tighter and tighter with more lettering across the backs of their shorts and across their revealing low-cut T-shirts?
Now, more than ever, it is time for these messages to be made known to all. It is already being mainstreamed by people like Bill Cosby and the media is listening to the message when it comes from people like him. Why won't they listen when it comes from Our Lady? Who will be the voice to the nation on Her behalf?
It's going to have to be each and every one of YOU!