Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Joseph Rogers

9/19/2012 (1 year 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.

Article Highlights

By Joseph Rogers

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

9/19/2012 (1 year 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!"

-----

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.

---


Pope Francis calls for your 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2014
Respect for Women:
That all cultures may respect the rights and dignity of women.
Vocations: That many young people may accept the Lordís invitation to consecrate their lives to proclaiming the Gospel.



Comments


More Marriage & Family

From Living Large to Putting God in Charge

Image of

By Catholic Match

The year was 1990 and Bob was, in his own words, living large. The then 29-year-old had graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee several years earlier and spent over a year on the pro golf tour. He went to build a thriving CPA firm and thought himself to be in ... continue reading


Devil at work! Infidelity experts says adultery is good for marriage - if you don't get caught Watch

Image of Since launching in Canada on Valentine's Day in 2002, the adultery Web site has attracted more than 24 million members in 37 countries. South Korea joined last week.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Ashley Madison is a controversial Web site that enables married men and women to have xtramarital affair. Based in Canada, Noel Biderman is forthright about the right of the married to have affairs -- providing they don't get caught. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


The Path to Happiness for a Young Widow

Image of Bruce and Lauren are now happily married!

By Catholic Match

It's been said the hand of God works by way of coincidences, keeping Him invisible as He illuminates our path. That's how it worked for Bruce and Lauren, and how they get their first sense that something special was afoot. Lauren, 54-years-old, was recently widowed ... continue reading


A Marriage Built on a Firm Rock

Image of Ed and Francis both had great success thanks to CatholicMatch!

By Catholic Match

Frances already had an immensely positive experience with marriage when she came to CatholicMatch. A widow, she had great memories of her years with her late husband and if another marriage was to happen it would have to be on a firm foundation. I had a wonderful ... continue reading


Easy homemade play dough recipes, for the whole family to enjoy.

Image of Home made Play Doh is so much fun.

By Wendy C. R.N., BA

Every child loves to play with play dough and making your own play dough with your child can be fun. Here are three easy recipes for great homemade play dough. Kids are amazed when they learn how easy it is to make play dough wit this activity. The dough can be ... continue reading


Have a Great Family Easter Egg Hunt. Instead of just candy, why not fill your eggs with clues or puzzle pieces, or all sorts of things!

Image of Children love Easter Egg Hunts. Lets make it special this year.

By Wendy C. R.N., BA

Have an Family Easter Egg Hunts this year and fill the eggs with more than just candy. Here are 31 ideas to fill them with, and have fun! LOS ANGELES, CA - Need a fun idea to spruce up your Easter Egg Hunt? Instead of just candy, why not fill your eggs with clues or ... continue reading


Former 'house of horrors' abortion clinic to become emergency food, support center for poor families Watch

Image of The Philadelphia clinic was described as a chaotic

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

There is such a thing as a second chance. The notorious Delaware clinic in which abortionist Kermit Gosnell performed late-term abortions and executed children after birth will see a second life as an emergency food and support center for poor families. Lutheran ... continue reading


Hey dads! Pope Francis has an awesome message for you! Watch

Image of Pope Francis follows the example of St. Joseph, and blesses a child. Our clergy are father figures too.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

On the feast day of St. Joseph, Pope Francis spoke directly to dads, encouraging them to follow the example of St. Joseph and remain close to their children. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Yesterday was the feast day of St. Joseph and Pope Francis used the ... continue reading


Church must reconcile divorce and remarriage, German cardinal says Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Church needs to find a middle ground that does not destroy or abandon doctrine in regards to divorce and civil remarriages, Cardinal Walter Kasper says. The church must offer a "renewed" interpretation of Church teaching in order to help those whose ... continue reading


How Republicans won the fight over abortion in Texas Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Just twenty abortion clinics remain open in Texas following an antiabortion bills that was passed into law in July of 2013. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - House Bill 2, which was passed in November, requires that all abortion clinics close by Sept. 1, 2014, unless ... continue reading


All Marriage & Family News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Isaiah 61:1-3, 6, 8-9
1 The spirit of Lord Yahweh is on me for Yahweh has ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 89:21-22, 25, 27
21 My hand will always be with him, my arm will make ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 4:16-21
16 He came to Nazara, where he had been brought up, ... Read More

Reading 2, Revelation 1:5-8
5 and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for April 17th, 2014 Image

St. Anicetus
April 17: Anicetus was a Syrian from Emesa. He became pope about 155 and ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter