Honestly, I think that I should just make this a continuing series. My ex-roommate is a "recovering Catholic", but his freshman year of high school he was still going to the Bible studies, and so he's still on the mailing list.
He just recieved this letter today (printed in italics):
It's been a long time... I hope ya all are having a great summer??? To get to the chase.... Prayer is needed!
YEAH! 'Cuz prayer does something!
Our fellow brothers and sisters have been and are falling into the grasp and lies of the evil one through pornography, pre-marital sex, rape, impurity, etc...
Did he just equate consensual sex with rape? I'm sorry, but I don't really see the two as equal. Not to mention, the fact that they keeping saying "the evil one" a) as if it was an actual person and b) not saying "Satan" "Lucifer" what-have-you. It honestly puts me in mind of saying "He-who-shall-not-be-Named" in Harry Potter books.
What makes matters worse is that the evil one is leading them straight to hell - ETERNAL PUNISHMENT and FOR EVER.
They are REALLY SERIOUS because they keep using ALL CAPS and seperate "forever" into two words.
Even at the loss of one soul to eternal damnation should bring us to tears - out of love of Christ and out of love of our fellow brother... A good place to start in this war against impurity and the culture of death is in our own town at the porn shop.
20 bucks says that some guy was caught by another member of his Bible study at the porn shop and needed to come up with an excuse fast as to why he was there, and came up with this.
A few guys and myself are going to start praying the whole Rosary - all 4 mysteries - in front of the porn shop on Saturdays from 9 - 11 pm (or when we end...)
We might be overtaken by the....holy spirt to stay longer.
We are praying for the poor souls who are trapped by the lies of the evil one, for the workers - all people involved in the industry, for the shop in Grand Forks and those around the world, the fathers who are enslaved, the sons, the family, all forms of pornography, sins of the flesh, etc...
Snark aside, I could get behind activism in the name of ending worker exploitation. But what this is going to be is shame someone for liking sex. The place is the only place I know of in town to get a vibrator, but I don't see sisters being mentioned as a consumer.
I am asking those of you who are in the area if you could join us? If you can't come or stay for the whole thing that's ok - even if you could come for one Hail Mary or one Our Father that would make all the difference in the world - especially eternally...
Correct my theology, but if you are in Hell, according to the Catholics, you're there forever? How is this making an eternal difference?
If you can't make it I beg you if you could pray with us - for our intentions - again even if it's just one Hail Mary... Also, if you could spread this message to any other brothers in Christ that would be most excellent! Let us run to our trapped brothers and sisters with the love of Christ!
Yeah, awesome dude! This is most excellent love! But not in the gay or sexual way. I love your cross, sister.
Some things to keep in mind... As we go about this we need to be careful - we are going to Hell itself... We are going there to pray and love and only to pray and give love - It must be understood that if we are yelled at, put down, spit upon, etc. we can't be yelling, arguing, or fighting back - that is exactly what the evil one would want... We are simply going to do the most powerful thing we can - pray and pray out of love. As I said earlier... this is exactly the place (as always) where we will need Mary as our shield and Christ as our sword!
Twenty dollars says that if they don't block anybody at the door, no one will say a word to them.
Through Mary our mother Christ our Saviour this will be huge! If you are thinking there are other things to worry about - well to prevent a man from viewing women as objects could be the difference of preventing him from raping someone in the future - the difference between an abortion.... - my brothers, this is HUGE!!!
What does rape and abortion have to do with a vibrator and massage oil?
Thank you guys so much for your love of Christ and the Gospel! God speed and I hope and pray all is well!
P. S. Here's the address: *** *rd St. S. - If you are heading towards East Grand Forks on Demers down town, take a right on 3rd St. by the big water wheel thing, then go one block, and it will be on the corner to your right. Any Questions call me - 701-***-**** God bless!
The business in question is the Plain Brown Wrapper, known in most circles as the PBR (phonetic acronymn to confuse those not in the know). Now, I can understand pornography to be morally questionable, but that's not just what the PBR sells: it also sells candles, massage oil, and toys of varying types. I'm upset: I'd really like to counter-protest on Saturday, but I'll be out of town.