An interesting movement on Twitter has been triggered by the arrogant and ignorant comments made by French President Emmanuel Macron. Speaking about fertility rates in Africa at a Gates Foundation Conference in New York City, Macron sarcastically said, “Present me the woman who decided, being perfectly educated, to have seven, eight or nine children.”
In response, Dr. Catherine R. Pakaluk, a professor at the Catholic University of America, started the hashtag #PostcardsforMacron on Twitter and shared a photo of herself and six of her eight children. Pakaluk has a PhD from Harvard and is also step-mom to several more children since she married a widower.
Pakaluk’s hashtag has generated hundreds of other posts with the descriptions and photos of educated and accomplished moms with their beautiful families. In fact, it is just wonderful to scroll through all the beautiful pictures and descriptions that defy Macron’s ill-spoken comments.
Within the Holy Family community of families, there are scores of truly educated moms that have been blessed with many children. And for many the blessings are still coming!
As much fun as the #PostcardsforMacron hashtag has been, Macron’s comments were really about African women with little or no access to education. But even in this context, Macron’s attitude simply won’t allow for a culture that values children and large families.
In the end, it’s not about degrees or formal schooling. It’s about seeing through liberal lies and political correctness and being honest about true human flourishing, God’s plan for marriage and family and the inestimable blessings of children.
About 50 years ago, Fr. Joseph Ratzinger gave his opinions on the future of the Church. Among other things, he said, “It seems certain to me that the Church is facing very hard times. The real crisis has scarcely begun. We will have to count on terrific upheavals.” Later as Cardinal and then as Pope, he would express similar sentiments like the Springtime of Christianity being the necessarily preceded by the blood of the martyrs.
Most of us thought that the coming persecutions would be increasingly aggressive secular forces. This is certainly still at work in society, but now many people are realizing that the “upheavels” that would severely damage the Church are coming from within. Clearly there is a refusal in much of the Church hierarchy to acknowledge the systematic cover-up of sexual abuse and the gross immorality among some of its members. In some respects the future of the Church is very uncertain right now.
This uncertainty makes the mission of Holy Family Academy all the more important. Our mission is to help Catholic parents pass our Faith and heritage on to our children. We have to teach our children the truth of Catholic history and tradition so that we know from where we came. We need the lives of the saints and authentic Catholic heroes so we know who to imitate and follow. We need the beauty of virtue forged by the right use of freedom so that we know how to get to our destination. Most importantly, because we are a school, we need the richness of our Catholic intellectual tradition so that we can discern both the events of these confusing times and the mysteries of the Divine Kingdom.
In the Dark Ages after the fall of the Roman Empire, monasteries preserved & developed the treasures of Catholic culture. We don’t have many monasteries left anymore. In these times it is up to Catholic families to preserve and develop true Catholic culture. Our mission is to help you do this.
Fifty years ago, Fr. Ratzinger also said this:
But I am equally certain about what will remain at the end: not the Church of the political cult, which is dead already, but the Church of faith. It may well no longer be the dominant social power to the extent that she was until recently; but it will enjoy a fresh blossoming and be seen as man’s home, where he will find life and hope beyond death.
While the end of summer is always sad, it is good to be back in school. We have new pews in the Chapel, donated from St. Jude’s in Fredericksburg. They look beautiful and they work so much better. Thank you to everyone who helped with this project. Please join us for Mass whenever you can.
As I sat down for Mass on the first day of school, I felt a major gift of satisfaction and consolation in the work of Holy Family and the situation in the Church as a whole. Many of you are well aware that the Church is going through a very confusing time right now. The crisis of abuse cover-up and the revelations that certain clerics tolerated and, even abetted, gross clerical immorality are testing the faith of the laity and wrongly casting shadows on good priests and bishops. However, this could be a valuable opportunity for healing, reform and renewal. We need the TRUTH to come out. We need more AG reports and we need more bishops to go public with what they knew and what they did. And while we might be disappointed and further tested in what is uncovered, we need to stay on the side of TRUTH.
Holy Family Academy is committed to cultivating the Love for TRUTH in children. This requires the encounter with TRUTH at the altar, the seeking of TRUTH in the classroom and the living of TRUTH in community. The Love for TRUTH is a virtue that must be practiced and lived. We are committed to this and we are committed to constantly trying to improve how we do this. Your partnership in this mission is so important. Thank you.
“If you remain in my word, then you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the Truth and the Truth will set you free.” (Jn 8:31-32)
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Summer Reading List
Upper-School Teachers will test on the readings at the beginning of the year.
School Calendar 2018-2019