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This Week’s Mythbuster: Myth #2 Part 2: God has forgotten about me, A Perspective on Suffering
Though woefully inadequate on the topic of suffering, I pray my post blesses you in your walk with the Lord.
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Looking For Answers: Yes, Part 2 is about suffering. For the most part, I wrote the post prior to the killings in Connecticut. I read a lot of blogs this week about suffering and found that no one, including me, has the market cornered on the topic. Everyone, those with faith and those without, is looking for answers and no explanation seems to completely satisfy us.
But, these words from our dear Holy Father astutely sums up what we are all trying to understand:
Perspective on Mental Health: Following the killings in Connecticut, my husband and I went through many philosophical discussions about the root of murder and evil. We discussed the idea that it is only those who are away from the Lord who can commit such atrocities. But, then I read these two articles by Monsignor Pope and my mind was opened to the suffering of the mentally ill and their families:
The First Article was written the day before the killings in Connecticut: Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen, Nobody But Jesus. A Meditation On A Grief Observed
The Second Article was written after the killings: A Brother’s Reflection On The Mental Illness Of His Sister In The Wake Of A Great Tragedy
Monsignor Pope’s sister suffered from mental illness and had signs of mental illness even as a toddler. Their dear parents tried their best to manage it. It took quite a toll on them. For some reason unknown to man, this mental anguish persists for some even in the face of emotional, spiritual, mental and physical support.
Monsignor Pope is coming to our Church in March for our County Youth Day. I will be sure to thank him for his insight and sharing.
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Where Were We When?: We were at Mass on Friday morning when the killings happened in Connecticut. Our child’s school has a 9:00am Children’s Mass on Fridays and we try to attend when we have the day off. It was the feast day of St. John of the Cross who is famous for his book, Dark Night of The Soul.
For some reason, the Children’s Mass does not always follow the USCCB Daily Readings, but anyway, this part of the Gospel that morning caught my attention:
“He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”
My pride tries to convince me that this is not a fair deal. But then I am reminded that I am both the righteous and the unrighteous.
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Mother Teresa: Dr. Pia de Solenni wrote an insightful article called, “What does Sandy Hook have to do with abortion?”
“…back in 1994 when she spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast. She stood before President Clinton and the First Lady, both outspoken supporters of abortion and she said:
But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself. And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?…
By abortion, the mother does not learn to love, but kills even her own child to solve her problems. And, by abortion, that father is told that he does not have to take any responsibility at all for the child he has brought into the world. The father is likely to put other women into the same trouble. So abortion just leads to more abortion. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want. This is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion. [Full text here.]
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The Old Baltimore Catechism gives us a beautiful definition of Prayer:
“Prayer is the lifting up of our minds and hearts to God, to adore Him, to thank Him for His benefits, to ask His forgiveness, and to beg of Him all the graces we need whether for soul or body.”
Lifting up and begging. God requires our effort.
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Angels Singing: When it comes to gift giving at Christmas, I am not very original or overly generous. I give a lot of gift cards and Bath and Body Works soap because I am Mrs. Practical. My husband, however, is extremely generous with everyone and likes especially to give the gift of music.
With 3 shopping days left, may I highly recommend and persuade you to buy everyone on your Christmas list The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles CD called Advent at Ephesus?
Go here to hear samples of their angelic voices.
It will lift their hearts to God and give them peace, the peace that surpasses all understanding, in this Holy Season.
God Bless You and Merry Christmas from The Veil of Chastity!
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