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My 1st Guest post! Please go here to read “Runaway Brides.” Thank you Anabelle!
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1. Other people are getting away with sin/sex is Consequence-free
2. God has forgotten about me
3. Something is wrong with me
4. Men/Women are defective
5. Attraction is Physical
6. I Am Too Picky
7. I Can Change Him/Her
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Things I Notice: I notice things while I am out to lunch that strike me as being odd. This week, a couple walked in to the restaurant. The girl reached over and grabbed her boyfriend’s hand. She escorted him to the counter to order.
She paid for hers and he paid for his. She was about 20 years old and seemed to be way more into him than he was to her. Her total lunch may have cost $7. But, they went Dutch. It was a sign to me. An odd sign.
It reminded me of the movie The Joy Luck Club.
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On-line Dating: It can be horribly distressing if you put all your eggs in the on-line dating basket. I thought of on-line dating as a “supplemental” way of dating, not the sole source. With that approach, I remained open to all avenues. These various avenues expanded my options when it came to potential suitors. I honestly never expected to meet my husband on-line. It was a long-shot back in 2001 but today it is becoming more and more common. Give it a try! Like anything, it can only do harm if you make it your idol.
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Behaving Badly: You know that saying “Well behaved women rarely make history.”? Who makes this stuff up? Yes, well-behaved women certainly have made history. They are often called Saints. Sometimes good behavior goes unnoticed (at least here on earth). But, should our behavior choices really be influenced by whether they make history or not? Our behavior should align with our dignity, not our need for attention. Maybe they really mean “Well behaved women rarely make the internet compared to those behaving badly.”
If you have the “rarely make history” version anywhere on your public record (facebook, blog, on-line dating profile), think about what that says about you. If I were a guy, I would worry about my potential wife’s belief in public displays of bad behavior even for the most noble cause. There are many ways to approach a problem. Our faith tells us virtue is:
“an habitual and firm disposition to do the good. It allows the person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of himself. The virtuous person tends toward the good with all his sensory and spiritual powers; he pursues the good and chooses it in concrete actions.The goal of a virtuous life is to become like God.” CCC 1803
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Veteran’s Day: I felt a little sad at the Veteran’s Day ceremony this week. So many brave men and women gave their lives for our freedom from tyranny. Is that freedom about to end for Catholics? We all love what America stands for ~ freedom. But, is freedom a thing of the past?
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Blessed Pope John Paul II, pray for us! May we have your courage, holiness, impact and most of all, your hope.
“Let your Spirit descend and renew the face of the earth, and this land.”
Blessed Pope John Paull II, Warsaw Poland, June 2, 1979
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