20152806 Afternoon Edition


Hello all, sorry this is late. Not feeling top notch today. Dad had to help me with the critter chores, and I finally got to the computer.
I think this is the only edition I’m going to write today. I’m going to be heading back to bed. Not much else I can do. Thankfully, it’s Sunday, when we only do the most necessary work and the rest waits.
Living this way helps us focus on the fact that this is a day of rest, mandated by the Lord himself. In years past, I’ve had folks argue with me that the 7th day is the day of rest. Those were people not of the Jewish faith, but who were trying to get a rise out of me. My answer to this is simple. This is what the Church teaches, and who is it harming that Dad and I take a day of rest?
Dad got to church this morning, but I didn’t. I was up most of the night with the pain, and just needed my sleep this morning.
How does this pain reconcile itself with my daily prayers to God to take the pain so that I can be useful? Can you imagine how bad the pain would be if I didn’t? I don’t want to go there. Whether my detractors want to attack my faith itself, or just my belief in the Catholic teachings, just doesn’t matter.
I usually consider the source.
The way I see it, is that there isn’t much fight with the Church. Jesus founded it. Enough said. As far as controversies that individuals in the church have caused, and the horrible actions by people in the church. I’m so sorry, it’s inconceivably evil actions of individuals. My heart weeps for the victims. I still believe in God. I still follow the rules of the faith as best as I can.
I still confess my sins to a Priest, and our home is filled with Rosaries and statues of the Holy Family.
I can’t do anything without God. He gives me the strength to stay sober each day, to take a breath, to walk. I have spent years in a wheelchair, or with a walker or cane.
God gives me the Serenity to handle each day without booze or drugs. God is my Rock, my Shield, my All. I may not explain things the way others think would be best, but the thing is, I lean on God. I need God every minute of every day.
The United States Supreme Court made a decision that is in all the news recently. Here is my take in it. I accept and love all people. Including those who have hurt me. If there is any sin involved, that is between each person and God. To quote the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
 736 By this power of the Spirit, God’s children can bear much fruit. He who has grafted us onto the true vine will make us bear “the fruit of the Spirit: . . . love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” “We live by the Spirit”; the more we renounce ourselves, the more we “walk by the Spirit.”

Through the Holy Spirit we are restored to paradise, led back to the Kingdom of heaven, and adopted as children, given confidence to call God “Father” and to share in Christ’s grace, called children of light and given a share in eternal glory

Following this information, the more I renounce my own negativity, the better my life is. How can I hate others, and still call myself a Christian? I can’t. So, I daily fight against my own nature, with God’s Grace, to live a good life, and enjoy “the fruit of the Spirit”.
Who am I to judge others? Like Dad says a lot of the time, “It’s just none of my business.” I like that idea, and what others do, or don’t is just none of my business, and between each person and God.
That’s all for now, I’m heading back to bed and curling up in a ball.
Take care,
Louise Ann Benjamin

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