Rex caelestis, Rex gloriae
Morte surrexit hodie.
O sons and daughters
The King of heaven, the King of glory
Hath conquered death today.
The song takes me straight home. It is repetitive, so listen for a while. The human voice is prettier than a birdsong.
A female friend said to me that I prefer male companionship. That is not true. However, it has been an important part of my life since high school. I attended an all-male Jesuit school. I believe in the single-sex school, at least for boys, because they need male companionship. It is the reason that we have all boys serving the priests at the altar. It is the reason that we have the cub scouts and boy scouts and team sports. Our Lord sought me out as a boy and man-to-man when I had matured. Thus it is that when male friendship is not valued and not treated as virtuous, the number one problem in our society emerges...a fixation on sexuality.
The man who trains our altar boys told me he has been asked again and again how to increase the number of servers, and he has answered again and again, "Recruit boys only." His success is 96 proof.
It is also important for boys to learn through literature about the heroic man, taking a spear through the side for the sake of the beloved. Below is a picture of Father Aloysius Schmitt, Navy Chaplain, who had finished saying Mass on the USS Oklahoma right before the attack on Pearl Harbor. His corroded chalice and water-stained Latin prayer book were found in the wreckage. Killed at 32, priest for 6, ordained without end. Photo courtesy of Loras College.