And it seems you have discovered a parallel truth: Zeitgeist literary Communists are an alternative danger (to literary Nazis), as are the proponents of any other collectivist ideas that present themselves to the mind as solutions to "the problem of man." Believe me, world-shapers (rather, world-reshapers) are long familiar to us who have lived through political experiments ... I dare to remind you that beneath their constructs, and even beneath their supposed humanitarianism, you will always find a killer.
–Michael D. O'Brien, from his novel Island of the World
In the absence of this (true) faith now, we govern by tenderness. It is a tenderness which, long since cut off from the person of Christ, is wrapped in theory. When tenderness is detached from the source of tenderness, its logical outcome is terror. It ends in forced labor camps and in the fumes of gas chambers ...
–Flannery O'Connor, from her introduction to A Memoir for Mary Ann
For American Catholics who remain loyal to Rome, it is safe to say that 2008 is not your ordinary Advent. For following close on the heals of the birthday of Jesus is The Inauguration of Indignation, and with that deadly medley of Obama-Rham-a (Rham Emanuel)-Ding-Dong (Joe Biden) ready to seize control and dictate Our Nation's morality, it is essential we remember the full scope of this liturgical season, and make this Advent not just a sentimental commemoration of Christ's first coming, but a thorough preparation for His second—and final—visit.
Of course, the thing we must do to prevent Barack's first coming from becoming Our Savior's last is to pray—especially for Obama himself. This basic Christian command is often overlooked not because it is so obvious, but because it is so odious. As Christ Himself indicated, it is much easier to pray for your kids than, say, someone who would kill a whole classification of kids as a matter of course. Still, while praying for our enemies is a must, we also know that when our opponent is bent on (in a compassionate fashion, mind you!) destroying not only our future children but our current Catholic Faith, realize that for this new leader, prayer is not enough.
From now on, church youth groups must not be about pizza parties and amusement parks, but fasting and Eucharistic Adoration. Likewise, Catholic Men's Societies must no longer worry about Las Vegas Nights and golf outings, but abortion clinic vigils and euthanasia protests. As for women's groups, it is time to be finished with luncheons and fashion shows, and concern yourselves with fighting the pro-death propaganda on both abortion (such as the insidious John Hopkins report that the Obama administration has secretly promoted and promulgated even before he has taken office) and gay marriage before it is too late.
Meanwhile, the task for our priests is both dire and direct. They must denounce the Culture of Death, as well as articulate it's antidote, the Eucharist, with all their heart and mind and soul and strength. It is no longer enough to mention abortion, they must make their parishioners, through stories and images and (if necessary even fetuses) LIVE it, so that, by in effect dying with the unborn child, they could never in good conscience let it happen again. As for the Eucharist, while it is probably time that pastors start refusing Communion to the public heretics in their congregation, if they could only communicate both the inexhaustible grace of God a single worthy reception of the Eucharist possesses, and the unparalleled deception of the devil a single evil taking of Our Lord unleashes, this problem (if not all sin) would, with Our Lady's humble assistance, take care of itself.
In any event, this Advent the time of reckoning draws near, now more than ever. Now, if we are not actively promoting the Christ-child, we are passively, through Obama's new massacre of the Holy Innocents, destroying Him—and choosing whose side we'll be on when He does come again.