I've lived in So Call all my life. Some things I like about it, some things I don't..
The weather is spectacular most of the time...
I've been up at the top of Palm Springs Tram, 8,516-foot Mountain Station, surrounded by San Jacinto Mountains, in snow and earlier in the day at the beach enjoying the surf.
I've witnessed spectacular sun rises on my way to work everyday and red glowing sunsets looking out my my back home family room window highlighted against the outline of Mt. Baldy.
I'm sure thats what most of the tourist come to Southern California for.
The diversity of people is inspirational.
I don't think there's anywhere else in the 50 states that can claim the wide rrnge of different cultures and peoples sharing their ethnic backgrounds of foods and family traditions.
I've been to parties with friends with pot luck consisting of Chinese food, Soul food, Mexican food, hamberburgs, hot dogs, Filipino food, you name it. Everyone loving the company of each other.
New York comes close to this diversity and they started it all with Ellis Island, but they're all crammed in the city boundaries. California diversity is spread out throughout the state.
The California Sate Legislation is EVIL
There is one aspect of California that will lead it to it's death... The State Legislation is pure evil. The Golden State is now not so golden anymore. The State Legislation is running this state into the ground. 4 billion dollars a year are slated to Embryonic Stem Cell Research, without monitoring, the State is bankrupt, religion is driven from our schools and communities.
The State Dole is being handed out to whoever wants it, whether they legitimately need it or not
See Dude story from La Jolla
And now the ever wise State Legislation has put a bill on Governor Browns desk, which he just signed, that will allow transgender use of school bathrooms.
What do we do?
So what do we do, how do we deal with this? Some will say, "There's nothing we can do, we just have to live with it".
I've heard others say, "The Legislation is just too far gone. Too many people depend on the Sate and Federal dole that they can't affect elections because they will loose that check in the mail".
Still others, "I'm leaving the State!"
Oh, ya and go where? There nowhere to hide.
Here's the plan....
Catholics listen up. Teach you children well!
Raise your families in all the Catholic Church has to offer. Immerse yourselves in the sacraments, teach your children to love the Catholic Church. Keep your teens engaged in there faith, pray with them daily. Help them to understand their faith with an adult mind.
Encourage them to be the next doctors, lawyers, congressman, state legislators That's the only way we're going to stop this downward spiral
Engage our family, friends and neighbors about our faith. Correct any misinformation about the church. The New Evangelization is here and NOW!
Be a witness to our faith in all we do. "Make a mess!" as Pope Frances says.
For me, I'm staying on the front lines here in So Cal., I'm not giving up.
I'm going to put on the Shield of Christ, mark myself with the Sign of the Cross and do battle.