Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Want some good news in the world? Read about "Good Night Hasbro Children's Hospital" where the town of Providence RI joins in every night to assure the children in the hospital that people are caring about them and thinking of them!
All of civility depends on being able to contain the rage of individuals - Joshua Lederberg
Maybe contain is a strong word; keep at bay, reduce to a minimum, reduce, because at any one moment in this world there are things that cause us to lose our cool, and yes, maybe even have some rage in our lives. There are times when it seems impossible to expect all of humanity to not be raging at something, especially when wars are going on, the weather has caused a multitude of problems as well as other human beings not acting so, well, human.
The thing to remember, in working on our civility, is that trying counts. None of us is perfect. We don’t have to be perfect. We leave that to God. But we are asked to try to be better people, to work on being civil toward each other.
I can’t help but think, that as a Christian, reading and listening to the scriptures, that we are supposed to be focusing on that whole LOVE thing. Not the free love of sex with whomever, whenever, but the love of looking and listening to the world and knowing we are still on a journey to something better, that this is life is not all there is.
We’re always being told that we need fame, fortune and we need it now. It is so easy to get sucked up in that pursuit. But I was listening to a Rascal Flatts tune the other night called, “Mayberry” and it reminded me too of days not long ago when life was slower, stores weren’t open on Sunday, you could sit outside and listen to the crickets and not be interrupted by the sound of loud leaf blowers, lawn mowers, your neighbor’s car stereo or perhaps worse of all your cell phone beeping.
Containing our rage or even just reducing it comes about by finding peace in our lives, having the strength to love everyone, and knowing that with all the bad things going on in our world, there is a better world we will enter someday. Look through your history books, people were always managing through horrible wars, leaders who went control crazy, people who made slaves of each other or debased them, hedonistic living. There were still people living with love and carrying on the spiritual aspects of life and helping others learn it.
Trying to be civil means holding on to that peace and happiness of knowing that God is always there. We always have Him to turn to even if elections don’t turn out the way we want or bad people abound and scare us, nature gets really crazy and destroys things.
Rascal Flatts Mayberry
Friday, September 15, 2017
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
This morning my job title extended again as I saw a butterfly dancing about in church during the opening song. He was enjoying touching the heads of the students before bounding into one of the stained glass windows and gadding about the back of church. I followed him over to the door leading to the exit and ducked my head while opening the door. Over my head he flew. Then he flitted patiently about the vesibule while I opened the door to the outside and out he went. He made my day! #butterflywranger #jobtitlesalwayschange #thatladyfromchurch
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
"Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible. " Cadet Maxim
…and be defiantly thankful! Yes, thankful for the adversity in your life, when others put you down because you stick up for your moral values, be grateful for their taunting. When others ask you to join in something you know is not right, and you refuse, be grateful for the test.
For without adversity we learn nothing. Without testing, we fail. Without questions, faltering, or temptations we are falsely lead to thinking life is easy. We get spoiled. Then something comes along and knocks us flat on our behinds.
When I was in my twenties and thirties I thought if you just lived as you ought, everything should work out, be okay. If you are sick, you get well; if you get hurt it won’t be a lot. Now in my fifties, I finally see life is not about avoiding all those things. It’s about building your faith to the point that WHEN those things happen you will trust in God to see you through it.
Jesus was tempted by the devil to give up all his suffering and enjoy a kingdom here on earth. We too are tempted by the devil to the very same thing. Give up moral values, live temporarily in this life and get all everything you want, whether its greed, all the sex we want with whomever, all the drug taking, fast life choices, and never, ever paying any gratitude to the one Creator who put us here.
But Jesus didn’t take that bribe. Jesus, while carrying a hundred pound cross, fell three times. He was God, why did He fall? Why didn’t angels just hold that up for him? Could it be He was showing us how to get up every time we fall? He was showing us to always ask for God’s help when we fall?
While getting lashed with nasty bone crushing whips, Jesus hung on, he didn’t die on the spot, but waited for more horrors. He was physically nailed hands and feet to the cross to die, he didn’t give up until it was time, until he knew he had finished His mission on earth; to offer himself up as a sacrifice for our sin.
How can we hear the story of Jesus and not think of what he did for us? How can WE not do more for others, for ourselves, by living a moral, value filled life after what He did? We don’t want to be made fun of, yet He was. We don’t want to suffer, yet He did. And it was all for us, not one iota was for himself.
People made fun of him for risking more than what was safe, for caring more than others thought wise, for dreaming of His Father in heaven who knew and loved Him. And Jesus left behind eleven apostles whom He expected to carry on His Father’s church on earth and even charged Peter, who had denied Him three times, with the power to get people to heaven.
I love it. Finally! We have one child who is expecting her first child, which is also our first grandchild, another child who is in his first year of teaching and we will get to sit back and watch all those “moments in a parent’s life when you get to laugh.” Otherwise known as “I told you so” or “wait till you have children of your own” moments!
Ever wonder if God has those moments all the time? I do. Surely, the wonderful Creator who made us be able to laugh at ourselves, also enjoys that emotion? Watching us go about our daily lives thinking we have things all together, He has to have a certain sense of humor don’t you think? How else could He not just give up on us if He didn’t?
Just as parents must learn to finally ease up, stop nagging their children about things in life, God lets us come to him. We parents could learn a lot from His wise ways.
As parents, my husband and I were actually very lucky with our children. They didn’t have colic and give us sleepless nights looking for ways to calm them down and sleep. Okay, we had one daughter who wouldn’t go to sleep unless one or both of us sat in the hallway until she drifted off. Then there was the phone call from the principal at the school where our first grade son was attending who informed us that he would be serving a detention the following day for pulling the fire alarm. Now that same son is a teacher at the same school and on his first day teaching sent us a picture of the that same fire alarm and said it was his first lesson to teach the kids not to touch it. I can’t wait to see how that goes!
I am constantly trying hard not to take myself so seriously. I don’t think I’m a horrible parent, yet each day I worry whether I taught my kids everything they needed to know. What I don’t realize is that they don’t have to know everything. They have to know who to trust or go to when they don’t know everything. Isn’t that what our faith is about too? We may not know everything about faith matters but as long as we know we can go to God and give Him our worries, cares and “I don’t know anything about this matter” to Him, we’ll be okay.
So relax and let God guide you in His ways. If you worry about every little alarm being pulled or dirt put in a baby’s mouth you’ll never laugh again. And life is about laughing and joining God as He loves us all.
Monday, July 31, 2017
While it's the last day of July I am remembering this post from the week following Christmas when it was cold, dark and brisk one morning I entered church to go to Mass during the week. It was perfect...
It was very cold, the wind picked up the blowing snow and whisked it around the church door. It was warm but dark and quiet inside. Softly low voices began singing..."It came upon a midnight clear, that glorious song of old, from angels bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold..."
The nativity scene glowed from softly lit evergreen trees surrounding it and above the Star of Bethlehem glittered silently in the darkness. Mary and Joseph kept careful watch of their baby boy, Christ the Savior joined by the animals and the shepherds. The priest intoned the beginning words of the Mass and once again we are reminded why the Christ Child was here, to save us from our sins.