In the spirit of Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary:
Conservative: one who passionately defends old evils.
Liberalo: One who passionately defends new evils.
May any act, however small,
You cannot view with joy and pleasure
Disgust my taste like bitter gall,
For only You are all my treasure.
Help me Lord to use Your gifts
As You would have it, not as I.
Grant grace when resolution drifts
From pleasing You, or I shall die.
I have been angry with God for not making things a little easier. But this morning a little parable that I read somewhere popped into my mind.
A boy saw a cocoon pulsing violently as the butterfly inside tried to get out. Carefully he began to cut the cocon open with his pocketknife. His grandmother saw and drew close to watch. The cocoon was cut open without injuring the insect, but it was a por weak thihng. It was unable to fly and soon died. His grandmother explained that he had deprived it of the struggle it needed to gain strength.
Every real object has three dimensions. All are essential and none is less essential than any other. Similarly, an equilateral triangle (one with three equal sides) has three equal lines and all are necessary to form the triangle. Finalloy, consider the quantum world. We cannot imagine how something can be both a particle and a wave. It is too far outsode our human experience. Neither can we imagine three Persons in one Being. I am not a theologian, but I suspect that the Trinity is a sort of metaphor for something even more mysterious.
Let’s be contrarian. Instead of looking for bad things that happen today or ignoring the day, let’s make a special effort to notice the good things that happen today. I consider Friday the 13th to be one of my special days, a day when I’m particularly sensitive to all the good things that happen.
You can make them redemptive by uniting them with the sufferings of Christ. In Colosians Paul says “In my own body I fill up what is still lacking in the suffferings of Christ, for the sake of his body, the Church.” The following prayer may be helpful.
Unite my pain with yours.
In you do I place my hope.
In faithfulness you have afflicted me.
You wound, but you also heal.
You give and you take away.
Hallowed be your name.
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Lord Jesus, I believe that you are truly paresent in this Sacrament of sacraments. I love you above all things and desire to give myself to you as fully as you give yourself to me in this host. And I thank you for remaining with us in the Eucharist until the end of time. What other god has given his people his own flesh and blood. Amen.
There have been objections to space programs on the grounds that the money could better be used for problems here on earth. There have been objections to basic research on the grounds that the money could better be usef for practical problems. The money spent on both of these activities is a fraction of the money speent on weapons and armies. These projects benefit us instead of killing us.
Science deals with what can be observed and measured. Religion deals with what cannot be observed and cannot be measured. Religion has nothing to say about the physical world except that it was created by God and it is all very good. Science has nothing to say about the supernatiral, because it cannot measure it.