7 Quick Takes Friday ~ Vol 9

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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:

“….We encounter moments where God seems absent, His silence weighs on our hearts and His will doesn’t correspond to our own as we would like it to…”
Pope Benedict XVI, December 19, 2012
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Mental Health QuadPerspective 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.” 

Matthew 5:45

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?”

We could all argue about the connection between abortion aMother Teresa Violence of Abortionnd senseless killing in general.  What struck me about the article was the profound quote from Mother Teresa:

 “…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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JPII Suffering

Blessed Pope John Paul II
Lifting Up and Begging in Prayer

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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Advent at EphesisAngels 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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4 thoughts on “7 Quick Takes Friday ~ Vol 9

  1. The quote from Pope Benedict speaks such truth…a few months ago, I heard a talk during which we were told that in the times God seems most absent, he is actually holding us so close that we can’t even sense Him. I love something Blessed Teresa said: suffering and experiencing an absence of the Lord is the closest we can ever possibly be united with Jesus. He is drawing us so near to Him, she says, that He brings us right to the Cross. It’s such an act of love, one that she calls a kiss from Jesus. I love this thought; it’s given me a lot of comfort lately.

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Cindy!

    • Hi Stephanie!
      Oh my goodness, aren’t we so blessed to be Catholic?! I was away from the Faith (ND Protestant) when I was in my twenties, specifically because I was searching for a church that had all the answers. But then, as expected, their answers failed to match real life. They were teaching a ‘name it and claim it’ Gospel….what I call a ‘vending machine’ God.
      Catholicism does not pretend to have all the answers but instead allows for our Creator to be divinely mysterious. We are the created ones who cannot fathom His ways. I find comfort in that!
      I have been following your post and have had you in my thoughts. May you especially know and feel His love. Merry Christmas! Cindy

  2. I just finished your posted article from Msgr Pope. Thank you for sharing it. As someone who has battled through PTSD, I know I can say that a lot of what I went through was out of my control, especially as an adolescent. But I like how he said quoted “Nobody has seen the trouble I have seen but Jesus”. I have never heard it before, but I know it encouraged me today at least. So, thank you! P.S. I also got that CD from the Benedictine Nuns. It’s wonderful.

    • Dear Jiza,
      Thank you visiting and for your comment. Oh, yes, I had tears streaming down my face while reading that article by Monsignor Pope. When I saw his parents holding his sister and read about all they went through and then to have one of their sons become a priest…so moving. I am so glad it encouraged you. Hearing the Nuns sing is like medicine for the soul. I have added you to my prayer list. God bless you, Cindy

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