Monday, August 6, 2012

It's a LIFESTYLE... not a DIET

I just wanted to report on what our family witnessed last Wednesday, August 1st, at our local Chick-fil-A.
We were filled with so much HOPE! And our FAITH was renewed in this ever-darkening time.

"Walk as children of light ... and try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness" (Eph 5:8, 10-11). In our present social context, marked by a dramatic struggle between the "culture of life" and the "culture of death", there is need to develop a deep critical sense, capable of discerning true values and authentic needs.
- Pope John Paul II : Evangelium Vitae

I know that people have been going round and round about this topic. But in the words of a truck driver, who we waited in line with the other night, from Minnesota who was making a pit-stop in Chicago to support Chick-fil-A:

"This is much bigger than a chicken sandwich. There is much at stake here today."

I was a little nervous about taking our kids out for this public rally in such a liberal area, but the afternoon was filled with SO MUCH BLESSING. We were able to nab some details from the supervisor that had been on duty all day and she reported that there had a been a steady, strong flow of supporters all day with no complaints. She said that it was such a blessing for her to witness the gracious support of so many people and that she was overwhelmed with the JOYFUL presence the people had brought to the store that day.

There were easily 300 people waiting in LINE with us when we arrived. The crowd had nearly tripled in size as we were leaving. Who knows how many people were in the drive-thru line that was twice-thick and wrapping around the building and down the block!

I think you all know where this gal stands on the whole ordeal on traditional marriage and what not. And I believe that deep in the hearts of the American people lies the truth waiting to be stirred up! Wake up, sleeping people! It is time to rise.

"In the proclamation of this Gospel, we must not fear hostility or unpopularity, and we must refuse any compromise or ambiguity which might conform us to the world's way of thinking (Rom 12:2). We must be in the world but not of the world (Jn 15:19; 17:16), drawing our strength from Christ, who by his Death and Resurrection has overcome the world (Jn 16:33)."
- Pope John Paul II : Evangelium Vitae

It was obvious that the people gathered out in front of Chick-fil-A were there for a number of reasons. Some were there in support of traditional marriage and to stand with Dan Cathy as he faces the giants of this world.
Others were there simply to defend the FIRST AMENDMENT:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

My kids attended their first public rally. It was pretty sweet.

"It is above all in raising children that the family fulfills its mission to proclaim the Gospel of life. By word and example, in the daily round of relations and choices, and through concrete actions and signs, parents lead their children to authentic freedom, actualized in the sincere gift of self, and they cultivate in them respect for others, a sense of justice, cordial openness, dialogue, generous service, solidarity and all the other values which help people to live life as a gift. In raising children Christian parents must be concerned about their children's faith and help them to fulfill the vocation God has given them. The parents' mission as educators also includes teaching and giving their children an example of the true meaning of suffering and death. They will be able to do this if they are sensitive to all kinds of suffering around them and, even more, if they succeed in fostering attitudes of closeness,
assistance and sharing towards sick or elderly members of the family."
- Pope John Paul II : Evangelium Vitae

Not only did they go to the rally, but they ALSO got some chicken and fries out of the deal which made them super happy! Haha. I brought grapes and and a carrot, sweet corn, banana smoothie to make ME feel better about letting them have such "scandalous" food!

But it's a LIFESTYLE - not a diet, right!?

The LIFESTYLE that promotes a CULTURE OF LIFE is one to be shared and spread...or eaten in this case! Eat those chicken sandwiches!

“If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze!”
- Pope JP2 - from World Youth Day 2000 (paraphrasing - St. Catherine of Siena!)

So yes, this family was "Eatin' more Chikin'" the other night, but I really did not see it as a BREACH in our way of life. We should give our support to things that BRING LIFE AND NOT DEATH. Good food brings life... and good people, companies, government, etc. should bring life too!

...the American flag out in front of Chick-fil-A

"We have been sent. For us, being at the service of life is not a boast but rather a duty, born of our awareness of being "God's own people, that we may declare the wonderful deeds of him who called us out of darkness into his marvelous light" (1 Pet 2:9). On our journey we are guided and sustained by the law of love:
a love which has as its source and model the Son of God made man, who 'by dying gave life to the world'."
- Pope John Paul II : Evangelium Vitae

I hate politics. But I love my God.

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