What was it like to grow up in the 1960’s in California? My guest today, the beautiful Rose Sweet, lived it.
Rebellion against authority. Revolution and unrest – sexual, political, and everything in between.
Long-haired Vietnam-protesting, dope-smoking, acid-dropping hippies and flower children living in communes, traveling in packs in VW buses, and experimenting wildly with sex.
And, oh, the folk and psychedelic rock-n-roll music. Songs about anti-establishment, and war and peace. And Puff the Magic Dragon. And surfin’ with the Beach Boys. And jammin’ to the band Cream – “Sunshine of Your Love”.
And radical dissent in the Catholic Church and in society at large over contraception and Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae, which exploded into a grave unraveling of the identity of the human person that has been brewing steadily since the Enlightenment – and truly since the Fall.
For Rose, as for so many, the “revolution” was so incredibly exciting and electric! For a while, that is.
The love and purpose that Rose was desperately searching for never materialized. Nor the “freedom” that was promised with sexual license to do whatever one wanted with anyone, anytime, anywhere.
This California beauty tells us today just how it was for her to be right in the thick of the 1960’s revolution – how a beautiful little pious Catholic girl was subverted in her teens by propagandized radical ideologies that were fed to her through the news, books and magazines, movies and music – all very powerful means through which we are all manipulated if not firmly planted in truth. Means that were intentional. Means that have left behind so much carnage – so much brokenness in the hearts, minds, bodies and souls of survivors of the sexual revolution.
Rose speaks to us today as a wounded-but-redeemed witness to how lies and distortions of the sexual revolution about who we are as women and men can influence our actions and beliefs about our identity, leading us to act in ways that are counter to our own good and to the common good, leading us down a path of choices that perpetuate misery. Her mission is to lovingly pour out the healing she has received from the mercy of Christ, with the hope that her story may bring hope and healing to others.
Rose has finally found true freedom through healing in Christ, in the “Sunshine of HIS Love”. And she wants to share it with you.
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