Yay, it's the Feast of the Assumption! This is one of my favorite feasts of the year; I guess you could call me a Marian. Speaking of the feast day ahead of time, Father Hamilton observed that the Assumption has followed him around. His childhood parish was Our Lady of the Assumption, he went to Assumption College, and now he's the priest for St. Mary of the Assumption Parish. As I belong to said parish, and will be going to his alma mater in nine days, the same thing seems to be happening to me!
To segue from Our Lady to Free Will and the question of Liberty, I came upon a passage in The Mystical City of God which presents the proper Catholic attitude in an eloquent, mellifluent prose I've never seen the equal of-
"...will is so free and independent that it permits no commands of the intellect, nor any kind of violence. This is the order established by the Lord, so that no one might be forced to serve Him unwillingly, through necessity, by compulsion or violence; but that, according to the Apostle, each one may serve God with unrestricted liberty and joyfulness"-
Book V, verse 106
While properly showing that religion ought be forced on no one, it is masterfully stated that the only reasons all men do not worship God as members of His Church are ignorance or denial of the truth. The corollary, preassuming the importance of knowledge and action based upon science, which any Freemason will admit, is that the state's proper role in religious affairs is to assist the Church in her holy mission, and to promote the knowledge of all her truths and dogmas. As we have already demonstrated the most benevolent, proper, and Truth-adoring form of liberty to be state promotion of the true Faith, anticlericals cannot use their "best" argument, the Most Divine Separation of Church and State. And judging from the lame arguments the Tolerance Squad uses against the True Faith- I once got into an argument with a few Masons online, and their only arguments were 1. relativist (if they're not presenting a better "reality tunnel" than Catholicism in their argument, they obviously are against everything and for nothing), and 2. dredging up the 5 century old Black Legend (even if we rarely went too far in our pursuit of the True and Saving Faith, just legalized abortion kills more people than died in the entire Inquisition every day)-
they are intellectually sedentary, and would be pushovers in debate.
Sorry about that; very long sentence, but very true. In a related good idea, I was recently looking at old Large Size currency in a Coins magazine price list, especially the beautiful Educational Series notes of 1896. Much more elegant in appearance than our modern currency (which I still think is better looking than Euro paper money), they often contain allegories, and blocks of small text. We should, as some numismatists advocate, restore Liberty to our coins and currency, but place helpful quoyes like the above thence so Liberty will be correctly understood. I was thinking, while many Catholic Traditionalists are wary of glorifying Lady Liberty (very rightly, if the Masonic view of liberty is meant), I believe a better and more honest Trad PR strategy would be embracing Liberty, but specifically referring to the liberty of the passage above. Essentially, it's reverse heresy! Whereas heretics have often spread their errors by using the same terms as the orthodox among us, but with improper meanings attached, this would be introducing the proper understanding of religious liberty to a world misled. As a bonus to get the environmentalists on our side, we could redo the $5 Educational design, but replace the incandescent bulb with a fluorescent bulb. Am I a genius, or the next guy to make a big tactical error for the Trads?