Some years ago my oldest went to Penn State for the weekend to visit a friend, who had tickets to the football game against Notre Dame. "Mom, you should have seen the signs. Those people are crazy about football. "
Apparently, one sign read: "You have Jesus, we have Joe Pa". Another read: " If God is not a Penn State fan, why is the sky blue and white?"
You might think Joe Paterno was some kind of messiah by the reaction his firing instigated. Forgotten in the melee were the victims of sexual abuse who lost their innocence all too soon to a pervert posing as nice guy. The sordid details were eerily reminiscent of the Church abuse scandal. A bunch of men more interested in protecting an institution than innocent children. Anyway, I think the college should cancel their game against Nebraska on Saturday. It won't restore the childhood that was stolen by a sexual predator but it would be the one decent thing that could be done.
On the news, we just saw where retailers are planning to open their doors on Thanksgiving, a holiday traditionally meant for families to observe together. What does anyone need so badly that they can't wait one more day to buy it? I saw footage of people nearly trampling each other to death to get through the doors at Wal-Mart at 5am last year on Black Friday. What does this have to do with the Birth of the Savior, Who was born into abject poverty? How many of those folks would be willing to stand in line all night to receive Holy Communion at 5am? How many of them leave before Mass concludes each week? How many of them even bother going in the first place?
'Do not store up treasures for yourselves on earth, where moth and woodworm destroy them and thieves can break in and steal.
But store up treasures for yourselves in heaven, where neither moth nor woodworm destroys them and thieves cannot break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there is your heart also' - St. Matthew Chap. 6