Back in the 1950s and 60s, beatniks and hippies have sought out familiar-like groups who would congregate or “be-in” for somewhat concurring themes, such as personal empowerment, multi-cultural acceptance, and political decentralization. The children and grand children of these same beatniks and hippies now populate the occupy-movement (OM) that we see today in our major US cities around our country.
However, these chaotic OM have distinct differences than did the human be-ins. The participants of the OM are trying to thrust communist-socialist change, non-multicultural acceptance, and political centralization, where our crowned elective life-long leaders are the dictators of all aspects of our lives, in our towns, in our neighborhoods, and in our homes.
For the most part, the beatniks and the hippies wanted to be left alone; they were in search of peace, love, and happiness. Albeit, their actions were very misguided! On January 14, 1967, the most famous human be-in occurred in San Francisco. Nevertheless, this event did spotlight the increasing polarization of the participants.
On the one hand, you had the visibly and honest-to-goodness peaceful sit-ins, and on the other-side, you had the visibly honest-to-no-good radical violence. Anyhow, the entire present-day OM is too dishonest and deceptive to clarify; violence is visibly bristling!
About 30,000 people participated in the human be-in in San Francisco; whereas, about a few hundred to a few thousand people participate in the OM each time one is ongoing. Meanwhile, there is active condoning media coverage of these OM, where few participants are visibly honest-to-good. Demonstratively, it seems that the OM is very confused!
Conversely, on August 16, 2011, more than two million young Catholic and some non-catholic people participated in the 13th World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain in search of True Peace, True Love, and True Happiness! Television coverage from the three to six big national NEWS stations was very, very minimal at best.
Not even a scrolling-marquee could be seen crossing neither the TV screens nor even an utterance or blurb from a TV anchor mentioned this Holy and Catholic Be-In! Could it be because these participants were visibly honest-to-goodness good, and NEWS coverage of Catholics could never be portrayed as good?
Nonetheless, these Catholic young men and woman, formed long-lines to receive both of the two most Holy Sacraments: Holy Reconciliation and The Most Holy Eucharist! In addition, they and others peacefully and prayerfully marched together on the Via Crucis, the Way of the Holy Cross, and they participated in a wonder-filled sit-in and/or kneel-in at the Eucharistic Adoration! Throughout this weeklong movement, their devotion to the Most Holy Mary was honest-to-goodness visible!
Dear Reader, Jesus, Our Lord and Saviour, teaches us that if we eat His Sacred Body and drink His Precious Blood, then we abide in Him, and He abides in us! He will “Be-In” us, and we shall Be-In Him!
The beatniks and the hippies were all somewhat searching for the Truth. And that endeavor is always a good thing! This is the good reason that Jesus gives us the Holy Catholic Church because our finite minds and thinking could never grasp the full Understanding of His Infinite Teachings. The occupeas (sic) are demanding, and they are not searching at all!
The human be-ins and OM have never and will never prevail because they never invoke the Holy Spirit, Our Supernatural Advocate! And yes, the Catholic Church has had, is having, and will have many, many detrimental spiritual and temporal impediments and misfortunes, but the gates of hell, Good Jesus teaches, shall never prevail against Her!
If you need some morsel of understanding, or worse, relief from unreasonable doubt, Dear Reader, then you need to go to Our Blessed Mother! Remember, O Most Gracious Virgin Mary, that never has it been known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided!
Dearest Jesus, You have given us Bread from Heaven, having all Sweetness within It! Merciful Jesus, let me “Be-In” you! The Psalmist says it best, Sweetest Jesus, “Your Words, O Lord, are sweeter than honey in my mouth!”
Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!
St. Damien of Moloka’i, help us!
Stay-tuned for, “Visions of Grandeur” on Thursday, May 17.
Peace & JAMLY,