On the left of our mural are the two cohenim/priests holding the Tabernacle. The two children on the right, part of the modern working class family counterbalance these two priests. Great men, powerful political and religious leaders do not hold up the tabernacle. The pious common people who live their lives every day as humble children of God hold up the Agnus Dei and the four rivers of life.
Inside this tabernacle was the Ten Commandments. In Mark 10:19 Jesus gives his understanding of the last six of the Ten Commandments. He combines St. Augustine’s last two from his book on the Exodus. This means Jesus’ first commandment is the same as the modern Jewish count:
Hear! you who struggle with God, the customs and correct judicial precedents I proclaim in your ear, this day, that you may learn them and guard to do them. The Personal Name, our Almighty Judge, cut a Social Contract with us at Mt. Sword; not with our fathers did the Personal Name cut this Social Contract, but with us, each of us, alive, here, this day…
I am the Personal Name your Almighty Judge, who brought you out of the land of Oppression, the house of menial labor.” You will remember your oppression, what it was like to be there, in present time; you will remember your rescue, and when you see others suffering, do something.
My rescue was from Senior Chief Theodore, (gift of God) Bronson. I very much remember what it was like to be there. I have flashbacks all the time. In our Mass, and in our Baptism, we die with Christ, and we rise with Christ. Romans 6:3-4. We remember what it was like to be there, at Jesus’ scourging, on the Via Delarosa, on the cross with Jesus, and we remember our rescue. Our Mass is based upon Passover.
How could we feel gratitude for our rescue, and then take the name of our rescuer in vain? How could we not insist on taking one day off each week to remember our rescue? We would be too busy helping our neighbor to harm him, much less kill him, take his property, abuse his spouse, or use our lips to harm him in slander. We would not abuse subordinates’ as Senior Chief Bronson did. We would not desire what is our neighbor’s, or try to defraud him.
Is this not all of the Ten Commandments? If we all did this, would we not be creating the ideal state, a republic where all live in harmony? Is this not the prime non-negotiable?
Pope Pious X counterbalances John the Baptist at the top of the mural. If we look, we notice how they both dress in clothing of gold. Cardinal Ratzinger wrote: “The faith as such is always the same. The Catechism of Saint Pius X always preserves its value.” Pope Pious X, speaks loudly about the Call to Catholic Action for social justice, including involvement in our government.
In IL FERMO PROPOSITO:Pope Pious X speaks strongly in favor of Catholic Action. “We take to heart the interests of the people, especially those of the working and agricultural classes by endeavoring to dry their tears, alleviate their sufferings, and to improve their economic condition by wise measures. We strive, to make public laws conformable to justice. Section 7 All these works… constitute what is known by “Catholic Action.” Section 8
All Catholics must prepare themselves prudently and seriously for political life in case they may be called. It is of the utmost importance that the same activity be extended to a suitable preparation and organization for political life. Section 19