Thursday, July 23, 2015

Bitterness Backfires on the One Who's Bitter: Why I Will Never Read Comments on the Internet Again

  Bitterness abounds. We can't seem to escape it. Bitterness is having a heyday on the internet these days. You can't write anything, post anything without someone making a snide comment or being negative. I don't care if you think it's your "right to free speech"!  Stop being so bitter!
  In "52 Little Lessons from It's A Wonderful Life", Bob Welch, states: "Bitterness, no matter what it's form, is self-induced misery. When we vent our frustrations at others it only increases our own frustration.  When we fail to forgive, in other words, free others to be human, we enslave ourselves.    When we obsess over having what others have (or say or write) we become all the poorer for doing so."
  In other words, "If you can't say anything nice, shut up!"

  I know I'm being a little strong here, but I'm tired of reading articles by well meaning people and then see really crass, bitter comments at the end.  Who died and left you as the editor of all things written?  If you didn't agree what the author wrote why did you read it? Why should I care what YOU think about the article?  Go write your own article.
  Let's get back to being nice here, people!  We are young, we are fun and WE ARE CATHOLIC!  And we can rise up above all the bitterness and hate and set a good example!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

It's the Soul That Sings!

   It has always been mankind's history to sing when working or playing, laughing or crying, sorrowing and being joyful. Singing lets out the soul's yearning for the God of love.  We know that despite all the sadness of the present world, God is waiting for us, watching over us. Despite bad things, sad things, troubling times, we know that in the end, we will live in eternal happiness. And when we are happy and joyful the soul bubbles forth in joyful song.
  People who were enslaved, people who were enduring hard times, starving, watching their children starve, people who have been persecuted also knew that this life was not the end.  The true spirit of Christianity is sharing this joy of our eternal life, the joy of a life of eternal happiness. That's why we are commanded to spread the "Good News."
    When describing to pagans those who belonged to the new Christian movement, a second century martyr by the name of Justin, said, "We always give thanks!"
  Give thanks by singing with your soul for your soul speaks directly to our Creator, whether in sorrow or joy.