At one point, Fr. Gereon is in a prisoner of war camp and observes:
And who is praying? An inquiry revealed that hardly five percent would admit that they prayed; those who prayed did so from force of habit, and their prayers were mostly the prayers of children. For most of the men, prayer was a burden or merely a habit; in any case, it was an unpleasant thing, and for a man and a soldier it was considered an embarrassing occupation.
And isn't this the case and a fundamental problem of our society?
Fr. Gereon goes on:
That this (prayer) is not merely something for women and children, but that first and foremost it is for the man, the head of the family ..... (emphasis added)
And isn't this the fundamental solution to the problems and "innovations" we are seeing in our society?
I was reminded today of Thomas Jefferson's statement:
“Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
It is my contention that we are now "any other." Men must lead; lead their own prayer lives; lead their family in their prayer life; and thus lead the country to God.
Oremus pro invicem!