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I grew up in a home where my mother and father, both fallen-away Christians, wanted to let my sister and I “decide our own beliefs.”
The idea, of course, is that we are blank slates and my parents would not indoctrinate me into a particular religion, thus letting me collect data and inputs over time and eventually grow up and choose my own beliefs or worldview. I can see how someone would think this makes sense.
But in fact my sister and I both became agnostics, mirroring the (un)belief system of our parents. This was no accident, because it’s impossible to rear your child in a vacuum. Whether you like it or not, you are teaching them things about the world, existence, and faith (through your actions, the things you say (and don’t say), etc.).
They bought us books on evolution that claimed humans evolved from single-celled organisms; we never once said a prayer in our home thanking “someone” for the many blessings we had; we only went to church for a short time, and that was at the Unitarian Universalist one where people believed all kinds of contradictory things. In short, the guidance we were given supported an atheistic materialism worldview and argued against a Christian one.
There is no escaping influencing your child. The only question is: what will you influence them to believe?
This great responsibility is all the more reason to yourself delve into philosophy so as to understand the right use of reason, allowing you to penetrate into the truths of existence and ultimately supporting the assent of faith in Jesus Christ and His Church. Along these lines, I would highly recommend Dr. Feser’s book The Last Superstition, which refutes the New Atheists via the right use of reason. Reason is on the side of Christianity.
Whether Christians or atheists, we have the responsibility as parents to teach our children how to reason cogently. If we instruct them in this invaluable skill, we can be hopeful that they will be able to discover the truth.
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ALLOUEZ — What do the Fourth of July, St. Nazianz, Bohemia and a sword have to do with each other? They’re all part of the story of Our Lady of Loucim.
Salvatorian Fr. Patrick Nelson celebrates Mass on the Fourth of July at Lax Chapel, south of St. Nazianz in rural Manitowoc County. On the altar and behind the altar stand two statues of Our Lady of Loucim, the only two known to exist in the United States, according to Lee Thompson of Milwaukee. (Benjamin Wideman | For The Compass)
The story begins three miles west of St. Nazianz on Lax Chapel Road, where a little chapel stands. Lax Chapel traces its roots back nearly 140 years.
It was built in 1875 by Frank Lax, who had come to this country from his native Bohemia in 1870 seeking a better life for himself and his family. With him, he brought a small statue of Our Lady of Loucim, an image of Mary dating back to 1400 in Bohemia. About five years later, Frank fell very ill. Remembering the image of Mary from his homeland, he promised to build a chapel for the statue if he got well.
Chapel rebuilt in 1910
He did and the rest is history. The present chapel — cared for by Frank’s great-grandchildren — was rebuilt in 1910. The chapel began to draw visitors and, since Frank’s day, there has been an annual Mass celebrated there on July 4. (Prior to liturgical changes in the church’s calendar in 1969, the feast of the Visitation was celebrated on July 2.)
Churchgoers who couldn’t fit inside the Lax Chapel for a Fourth of July Mass stand outside the chapel and listen via a speaker system. About 40 of the roughly 150 people who attended the Mass could fit inside the chapel, which was built by Frank Lax in 1875.
This year, the Mass was celebrated by Salvatorian Fr. Patrick Nelson, pastor of St. Gregory Parish in St. Nazianz. More than 100 people attended. One was Jane Schaller, of the St. Nazianz Historical Society, who has been playing the organ for the July 4 event for 30 years. She remembers attending the Mass with her grandparents.
“I think it’s the tradition,” she said, about why the July 4th Mass is so popular. “And then to see the spirituality coming from the Lax family — it’s a wonderful thing.”
The little chapel only holds about 40 people, so the pump organ Schaller plays is brought outside.
“There’s a speaker system (for the choir),” she said. “They open the window and I can see right in.”
After Mass, local families bring food, desserts and drinks to share, much in the manner of a family reunion. Schaller recalled that, “in the old days, they used to bring beer,” but that is no longer allowed.
For many years, the little chapel used to be open for visitors all the time. However, vandals put an end to that. Today, the chapel is open on weekends and for special events like St. Nazianz’ Community Fest in September, according to Jim Lax, the fourth generation to care for the chapel.
“It depends on the weather,” Lax noted. “I try and open by the first of May. It depends upon how soon it gets cold. I’ve had it open as far as Thanksgiving.”
Lax lives nearby, so, if he sees a visitor stop at the chapel, “I jump on my four-wheeler and unlock it. Last week, I had somebody from Grand Rapids, Mich.”
One frequent visitor over the past 25 years has been Lee Thompson of Milwaukee. Thompson, who is 88, grew up in Green Bay and, until reading a newspaper article in the Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter, was unaware of the Lax Chapel. However, he soon learned that he had an important tie.
Thompson owned the only other statue of Our Lady of Loucim known to exist in the United States. He had received his as a teenager from his grandmother.
“My great-grandmother brought it here in 1895,” Thompson told The Compass. “Grandmother had it on top of a chest of drawers and when we visited them in Manitowoc, I would go and look at it. I said, ‘Grandma that’s all I ever want when you die.’”
He was in high school when his grandmother died and his uncle gave him the statue.
“It was 1941 — I was a freshman in high school. I didn’t pay much attention to it at that time in my life,” Thompson admitted.
But that changed in 1990, when he read that newspaper article. Since then, he and his late wife, Laverne, traveled to see the original statue in Bavaria, and later brought his own statue to the annual July 4th celebration in St. Nazianz.
That brings us to the story of Our Lady of Loucim and the Protestant Reformation.
The small village of Loucim had a church honoring Mary as far back as the 14th century. However, by the early 15th century, followers of John Huss, a Catholic priest who became a Reformation founder, began attacking churches. The statue of Mary was taken from its church and hidden in a linden tree for safety.
Not long after, Etibor Krcma — a follower of Huss and a church member — took the statue and tried to destroy it by striking it in the head with a sword. The statue began to bleed. Horrified, Krcma threw the statue — with the sword embedded in it — into a pond. But the statue floated, still bleeding. Krcma fled the pond but, as he passed the tree, he saw the statue standing there again. It was still bleeding. (Krcma later confessed his offense and became the church sacristan.)
That original statue is now housed in a larger church called Neukirche Heiligenblut (“New Church of the Holy Blood.) Lee Thompson visited there and was surprised to find St. Nazianz listed in the church museum. He said that, on a map of pilgrimage sites all over Europe, they “have a line going from there to St. Nazianz.”
Thompson noted how, in Bavaria, he saw many farms that had their own chapels on their farmland — like the Lax Chapel. “When people would travel the country by horse and buggy,” he said, “they would find a place along the road where they could refresh themselves.”
He added that he thinks the Lax Chapel still serves that welcoming purpose today.
In June, Thompson donated his own statue to the St. Nazianz Historical Society. This year, just as he had done for many years, his statue was carried to the Lax Chapel Mass and placed below the altar. Jane Schaller said that the historical society will see to it that the annual tradition continues — hopefully for another 140 years.
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For fundraisers, we do not use any product I do not believe in. I have used Rawleigh products personally for 30 years. Not only do I believe in them, I believe they are the absolute best of their kind that money can buy. ALL ULC Ministers are welcome to start their own Rawleigh product fundraiser if you so choose. Rawleigh fundraisers will net you a 25-40% profit off the suggested retail price.
Depending on the success of the Rawleigh Fundraiser we may do up brochures and promote even more the Rawleigh tradition. Again a Rawleigh Fundraiser helps provide money to the Church and it provides a way for folks to donate. Ministers, followers and parishioners actually get something in return that will be a great benefit to each, plus it really helps out the Church. There is 41 different Rawleigh products we have added to the Universal Life Church Webstore.
In 1889, W.T. Rawleigh began selling a small line of “Good Health Products” by horse and a mortgaged buggy. It was said in one hand came William Rawleigh with his bottle of Elixer and in the other hand came Reverend William Rawleigh with the Holy Bible. Rawleigh traveled the roads in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa. In the early 1900's, Rawleigh settled in Freeport, Illinois.
By 1922, approximately 20 million households contained Rawleigh products. For more than a century, Rawleigh customers have come to rely not only on quality products and excellent service, but on the exceptional ideals and principles on which the company was founded.
In October of 1985, the President and Presiding Bishop of the Universal Life Church World Headquarters, Brother Michael was invited by the Rawleigh receptionist, Judy to have lunch with William T. Rawleigh IV, great grandson to founder W.T. Rawleigh. The torch was passed from the last surviving Rawleigh family member as the company was sold to an individual who relocated the W.T. Rawleigh Co. to Rocky Mount, NC. Again it was sold and relocated to Columbia, SC. In 1992 Harry Hersey here in Florida purchased the W.T. Rawleigh Co. Florida has become the home of the W.T. Rawleigh Co. Harry Hersey passed away two years ago, but the W.T. Rawleigh Company lives on.
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