The emasculation of our society begun with an emasculated vision of our Blessed Lord. There is a place for meditating on the tender love that our Blessed Lord has for His friends and even His enemies and sinners. His Most Sacred Heart overflows with love for us. However, His tender love is, nonetheless, both demanding and manly. He forgave the sinner, but then He bid the sinner "to sin no more"; He prayed for His enemies after they drove nails through His hands and feet, and He expects the same degree of manly courage and endurance from those of us who dare to call ourselves His disciples.
There was on Jesus' part no compromising the Will of His heavenly Father with the selfish and erroneous will of the Jewish leaders who opposed our Blessed Lord's power and authority and teaching. Those Jewish leaders had Him crucified for it, and He knew this would happen, and yet kept His face turned toward Jerusalem, the place of His Passion and tortured Death. He went as a conqueror and as a victim. So must we, when the time comes to face our cross in these terrible and perilous times.