So, now I am being told that Christians being beheaded, crucified, raped, killed, extorted, and exiled is George Bush’s fault.
With all of the crazy news lately- plane crashes and the persecution in the Middle East (and the list could go on for days)- it’s pretty easy to despair about the state of the world. Sometimes I find myself dwelling on all of this suffering and I get wrapped up in the sadness. Humanity is fatally…
60,000 Christians were either driven out of Mosul, Iraq without papers or belongings, killed, or forced to convert to Islam. There are now 0 Christians there. Our leaders have been fairly silent. When 200 girls were taken from a village in Africa they were vocal and started hashtag campaigns.
Something I did today that I urge you to do: call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Do this 3 times, asking to speak to your 2 senators and your representative respectively. First ask if they have made any official statements or actions and what, if so. (None of mine had done this.) Then, urge them to use whatever influence they have to do so, including talking to their fellow reps and even the president.
Taking St. Joseph as our model, what sort of maxims might this Catholic father follow to stay on the right path? If we consider what Scripture and the Church teach us, we can look to these four critical rules as our guide.
1.Our vocation is to get our families to heaven. 2.Our children are always watching us. They will likely model later in life what they learn at home. 3.We are made for heaven, not this world. Let’s act accordingly. 4.Our children are God’s gift to us. The love and care we show our children is our gift back to him.
Feeling convicted? Me too.
In my head, I always imagine the abortion argument like the civil rights movements. I envision a time in my lifetime where little kids in history class will look back at abortion and wonder how anyone ever could have imagined abortion was OK. I will be glad to report to my grandchildren that I was on the front lines of protest back then.
It seems that we are continually and increasingly told to be quiet about the truth or many opinions for the fear that someone might be offended, which is not love and tolerance at all, but control using fear.
Lord Jesus, be with my family. Grant us Your peace and harmony, an end to conflict and division. Gift us with compassion to better understand each other, wisdom and love to assist each other, and trust and patience to live peacefully together. Grant that through the intercession of your mother, Mary, and St. Joseph, our family may become a holy family accepting each other, working together in unity, selflessly dedicated to one other and to You. Amen.