Saturday, February 26, 2011

St. Josemaria Escriva on Lady Gaga: Born This Way?

Lady Gaga's latest hit, Born This Way, is already being touted as the next great gay anthem and female power song.  The song begins: It doesn't matter if you love him, or capital H-I-M / Just put your paws up / 'cause you were Born This Way, Baby."  It is no surprise of the song's licentiousness and its insistence that people do not become who they are but instead are born that way.   After all, this is the pop diva who tells her fans that indeed what she does in public and on state is not a persona.  The egg she was carried in at the Grammys: Born that way.  The meat dress: born that way.  Boozing antics at Yankee's club house: born that way. Rhinestone bikini lingerie as the attire to a baseball game: born that way.  Ripping off Madonna: born that way.

I will not get into the  problems of the philosophical premise found in the song: that everyone is born the way they are and never change.  But to state the problem briefly: would it be tolerated if the wife beater, alcoholic, or kleptomaniac expressed that they do what they do because they were born that way?  Not likely. 

Yet, I still can't help wonder, what would the Saints say to Lady Gaga's insistence that she did not become the person she is but instead was born that way and in turn has no choice but to do what it is she does?

St. Josemaria Escriva might say to Lady Gaga: "Don's say 'That's the way I am -- it's my character.'  It's your lack of character."

Monday, February 21, 2011

Lifeteen, Mary, and Purity

I've been assisting with a Lifeteen group in Houston, TX since my move from Louisiana.  Each Life Night, ends in small groups with a journal question for the teens.  Last week I gave the question, "How should your view of Mary influence the way in which you view women?"  I quickly became tired of the thoughtless answers I received: as a mother, as a sister, as an individual.  The answer weren't bad, but I wanted to get to the heart of the matter.  For nearly every journal, I replied back the teens with the following:

We wouldn't call Mary, Virgin most Pure, Mother of God, "hot", "sexy", or say she has a "nice butt."  So why do we so often do this to other women we know?  Women are not degrees of temperatures ranging from hot to cold.  Women are not objects put on earth for our mere sexual gratification.  Women are not things for us to ogle over and stare at for our viewing pleasure.  Made in the image and likeness of God, women are persons to be respected and loved.
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