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By Joseph Rogers

9/19/2012 (3 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

A true 'hero' will also wipe away the tears and lift up a young woman's spirit when society takes advantage of her

We also need honorable young men to reaffirm in young women that they have a true "hero" in them. When the world of pundits tells a young woman that her sex appeal is her strength, a true "hero" will counter that her true strength is in her character and beautiful emotion. When a young woman's friends are pressuring her to do something for cheap status, a true "hero" will resolutely stand by her to affirm and defend her virtue.

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By Joseph Rogers

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

9/19/2012 (3 years ago)

Published in Marriage & Family

Keywords: Heroes, men, women, chastity, virtue, marriage, love, honor, Joseph Rogers


LONG ISLAND, NY (Catholic Online) - There has been an unusual tide of media attention recently about female sexuality due to the upcoming election in the United States. We have all heard the unfortunate battle cries of "war on women" and "war on mothers." Our nation just fought multiple life exhausting wars in the Middle East and we choose such ridiculous slogans for election propaganda! Despite this election season's unholy politicization of the human person, the most troubling issue is that only female sexuality is under fire while male sexuality has been shelved like yesterday's news.

Bonnie Tyler once sang a song called "Holding Out for a Hero." It begins with, "Where have all the good men gone?" and ends with "I need a hero. I'm holding out for a hero 'til the end of the night." The saddest thing about this song is I can see it being played unnoticed in the hearts of many women young and old these days. Well guys, who wants to be a true hero for these women? What exactly does a hero have to do? Wear a cool yellow and red suit with an artificial intelligence called Jarvis? Sling a red, white, and blue shield with a star on it? Get really angry and turn into a super strong hulking green monster? Thankfully life is not a Marvel action film because as nice as those things may sound we have a better model in Christ.

"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her." (Ephesians 5:25) We all know well what Christ did for and will continue to do for the Church. Christ is not responsible for our sins but in a gift of sincere love He takes responsibility to fulfill humanity's need for a relationship with God. The moral of the story is Christ saw a great need in us and fulfilled it.

Consequently, God calls all men to understand the needs of women and fulfill them for a family to flourish. For too long the "experts" and pundits have been selling the unfortunate line that men can't understand women. These insidious characters have struck at the heart of a man's unique role in the family to understand and love his wife as Christ loved the Church. The saddest part is many men have been demoralized by these attacks and are backing away from the most important challenge a man will face in his life.

This man, however, has decided that no one is going to tell him what he can and cannot understand except for his God. This man has discovered that he is not perfect but is not going to let imperfection stop him from transcending those imperfections to do his duty. If I must stand alone with Christ so be it! The only reward is an unseen perfect sense of honor that God bestows on each man to fortify him in his quest to love his wife as Christ loves the Church. Do not expect parades, accolades, medals, or ribbons. Instead expect sacrifice, humility, and scorn just like Christ endured.

We also need honorable young men to reaffirm in young women that they have a true "hero" in them. When the world of pundits tells a young woman that her sex appeal is her strength, a true "hero" will counter that her true strength is in her character and beautiful emotion. When a young woman's friends are pressuring her to do something for cheap status, a true "hero" will resolutely stand by her to affirm and defend her virtue.

A true "hero" will also wipe away the tears and lift up a young woman's spirit when society takes advantage of her. These young men could be anyone but they should be YOU! There is nothing sweeter in the entire world than a woman's genuine affection for a man. It is our turn to return the favor and make sure the next song that is sung is "Held By a Hero!"

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Joseph Rogers is a 26 year old Catholic man from Long Island, NY studying Material Science. Philosophy, history, and theology to feed his curiosity about understanding the human person. Christ is his greatest inspiration and strength in learning how to better serve those around him. His Catholic faith is important to him and has opened many doors in his life.

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