The Rainbow, the Maple Leaf and True Repentance

R.R. Reno is onto something with his claim that the ‘rainbow flag’ means far more than tolerance and all getting along, but a entire new regime, a metaphysical revolution, a transvaluation of all values – the only ‘value’ being an vague and vacuous tolerance, and a hedonistic pursuit of pleasure and one’s own view of the universe. 

I predict that the time is coming, perhaps soon, when our elites will suppress the American flag and wave all the more insistently the rainbow substitute

There was a time, even a couple of years ago, this prophecy would have seemed unhinged. But here we are in Canada, with many municipalities choosing to forego Canada – or, more properly, Dominion – Day, in light of the discovery of the unmarked residential school graves.

As I wrote recently, there are many things for which to be sorrowful in this Dominion, but all in perspective, proportion, and, as Saint Thomas would put it, for the right object, in the right way, and for the right purpose. Injustices were certainly done, and the death of children is always tragic. But how much penance and reparation are requisite, and who’s to say? Justin Trudeau? We should remember that the residential schools ran all the way through the reign of his own father, and it was his own government’s policies the Church was instantiating, and often mitigating.

And it was the same Trudeau senior who legalized abortion – free and untrammelled access to which Trudeau junior will brook no opposition right up to the moment of birth, and even beyond. We can scarcely count the number of children lost to this far graver and more immediate evil. And, unlike whatever malfeasance happened in the past, we can do something about the death of unborn. 

While we should all repent of wrongdoing, Canada Day is a day on which should remember, and rejoice in, all that was and is good about our nation, and work to preserve these, to ‘stand on guard’ for the ‘true, north, strong and free’. In the words of an underrated Beatle, it has been ‘long, cold, lonely winter’, and the we should welcome the sun, and, more to the point, the Son. For there is a deeper point in all of this, that the the only path to true and lasting repentance and reconciliation is through Christ and His Church. Our Dominion is Christian, or it is not much of anything at all. 

Canceling Canada Day seems just one more insidious step towards canceling Canada. So rejoice in what we have been given, and let us use it all for the good of all. 

I will leave you with an excerpt from a homily of Pope Saint John Paul II, on his apostolic visit to Canada in 1984:

We give thanks for all the richness of creation.

In particular for the richness that has been shared in by the succeeding generations in Canada. Both by the generations that lived here in the past, according to the principles of their original culture, and also by the generations that have come here from beyond the sea, gradually building up the structures of a new civilization and Canadian culture. We give thanks to the Lord for the opportunities that countless families have found here over the years, and for the freedom and hope that they have enjoyed.

And so we cry aloud with the Psalmist: “How good is the Lord to all, / compassionate to all his creature. / All your creatures shall thank you, O Lord, / and your friends shall repeat their blessing. / They shall speak of the glory of your reign and declare your might O God” (Ps. 145 (144), 9-11).

And as we praise God for the beauty of nature found in this island and throughout all Canada let us reread with eyes of faith the testimony borne by created things: in this way our minds and hearts turn to him who on the seventh day saw what he had made and “it was very good” (Gen. 1, 31).