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I am posting some words from the book, Song of the Sparrow.  Meditate or pray on these words.  Look inside yourself.  Have you experienced this?

 

Late at night when all the sounds outside are quiet, the inner sounds sometimes clamor to be heard, and we toss and turn trying to still their demands.  It is always the same:  They win for a while and finally sleep comes – too late to bring that needed healing of mind and body.  

 

I reach out to you, O Lord,

And all I touch is my own emptiness,

Air and silence and the memory

That this kind of prayer never works for me.

When I am most in need,

Prayer never seems to help.

It only strengthens my own helplessness.

In your own way, In your own time

You will answer.  So once again I lean on

Patience.  I wait.  Always there is

This waiting,  this dread that I 

Won’t hold out.  But I do, and

That is perhaps Your answer.

We cannot stamp our feet or cry

And expect you to come running.

We only say, “Into your hands, O Lord.”

And there is peace, for you are faithful

If not prompt, and you will answer 

When you will answer.  Amen.  Alleluia.

 

I have experienced this, especially with my being ill the past couple of years.  I say, “Lord please heal me. Why am I going through this pain? Is there a purpose?  Must be but what is it?”

I wonder when is God going to answer.  Maybe He has answered but my mind is so occupied I haven’t noticed it yet.  Maybe God will reveal His answer in time when He knows I am ready.  As the saying goes, patience is a virtue.  I am trying to patiently wait, asking our Lord for the strength and patience to live in pain.  And wait for His answer.  Trusting that an answer will come in God’s time.

God bless you on this Holy Week.

 

 

Psalm 5

I had hoped to finish my first post in a series where I will explain Catholic beliefs to non-Catholics but I haven’t been feeling well the past few days.

Originally posted on The Last Refuge:

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TyroneCMalloy-220px-220x161(Via NewsBusters) Georgia-based abortionist Tyrone Cecil Malloy is headed for prison.

A judge sentenced Malloy to four years in prison and six years probation on two counts of Medicaid fraud. The judge will hold a restitution hearing at a later date to determine the exact amount of restitution Dr. Malloy will be ordered to pay the Georgia Department of Community Health.

Steven Ertelt of Lifenews.com insists this conviction has a national-media angle: Malloy’s abortion clinic sits in a building owned by Dr. Sharon Malone, the obstetrician and wife of Attorney General Eric Holder, or “The First Lady of Justice,” as they call her at Essence magazine.

If John Ashcroft’s wife owned a building with say, a crisis pregnancy center in it, trying to urge women not to have abortions, would  that be evaded by the liberal media? After a criminal conviction?

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Secularism reduces all things to matter and removes God from the equation.  When Satan tempts us and we give in we separate ourselves from God.  There is a bit of the enduring influence of Satan in every person who follows in the example of The Original Sin, by their own will ascribing what they deem to be good and evil.  Adam and Eve were tempted by the serpent.  They failed to follow God’s only command, to not eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. Instead of trusting in God’s will Adam and Eve gave into temptation.  When they disobeyed God’s will, bit into the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge they used their wills to decide what was right and wrong. Adam and Eve’s actions showed that they thought they knew better than God.  People today who ignore God’s will and believe it is their prerogative to decide with their own will what is good and bad are following in the footsteps of Adam and Eve.

Father Barron directly quoted an infamous passage in the Supreme Court’s decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey – “At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life…”, words specifically attributed to Justice Anthony Kennedy,  citing it as a perfect example of persons trying to play God in determining what is ethical or unethical according to their own will.  Does liberty give us the right to do wrongs? Evil?  Participate in moral relativism? Going by the quote above it is reasonable to extrapolate that it is acceptable for each of us to try everything regardless of whether it is moral or immoral just so we are able to experience it, so we are able to feel it.  According to Justice Kennedy his concept of liberty would give us the right to try theft, assault, or murder just to find out what it is like. Huh?  Using our conscience we should be able to know that some things are obviously wrong so there would be no need to experience that which would harm our soul.  It is unethical to harm others in the name of liberty.

After Adam and Eve sinned they felt shame.  In addition to feeling shame it makes sense that they would also feel uncomfortable and exposed. When each of us sins we feel exposed and uncomfortable.  That little voice inside each of us tells us that we did something wrong.  The voice inside then tells us to correct the wrong.  The voice also tells us to avoid committing the same sin in the future.  When Adam and Eve felt uncomfortable and exposed this let them know that they had sinned. We experience the same thing.

 

 

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