See this online text:
- Catholicism, History, and Culture: A Dawsonian Synthesis [Dissertation], by Michael Richard Lynch (Australian Catholic University, 2008). Available in PDF format at Australian Catholic University.
Posted on the Feast of Pope St. Gregory VII and St. Bede the Venerable; in advance remembrance of Christopher Dawson (d. 27 May 1970); and in belated observance of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development (21 May). It is also posted in earnest prayer for once-holy Ireland:
Have mercy upon the Irish people, o Lord, that they might defend the life of the unborn child equally with the life of the mother, lest they fall under the judgment of Him Who declared: “as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me.” Move them to uphold the true dignity of motherhood, fatherhood, family, and humanity, according to the rational laws You wrote in our hearts and confirmed by Your commandments of love. (From “Prayer for Ireland” at Writer’s Block)
“So all the elders of Israel met Samuel at Ramatha; thou hast grown old, they said to him, and thy sons do not follow in thy footsteps. Give us a king, such as other nations have, to sit in judgement over us. It was little to Samuel’s mind, this demand for a king to be their judge; but when he betook himself to the Lord in prayer, the Lord said to him, Grant the people all they ask of thee. It is my rule over them they are casting off, not thine. It has ever been the same, since the day when I rescued them from Egypt; me they will ever be forsaking, to worship other gods; and now it is thy turn.” (I Samuel viii, 4-8)