Tuesday, August 20, 2013

My Simple Plan to help Egypt

Pray for Egypt, once a refuge for the Most Holy Family
I can't get my government to do anything.  I can't even influence my neighbours to do something, but maybe just maybe Our Most Blessed Lady will.  The prayer I made up and the image is one from the internet.  The prayer isn't that great, but it's straight and to the point.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Forgive me

I have been horribly lax in my blogging. You see I have been twotiming my blog. I've been cheating with Facebook.

Allow me to share with you two Novenas: Both can be said for 9 days or 9 hours.  (If you say for nine hours you say the prayer at the top of the nine hours and then again at the end of the ninth hour for 10 recitations. (But it is 9 hours)


(pray for 9 days or 9 hours straight)

St. Anthony, perfect imitator of Jesus, who received from God the special power of restoring lost things, grant that I may find (state your specific request or intention here!) which has been lost.

At least restore to me peace and tranquillity of mind, the loss of which has afflicted me even more than my material loss. To this favor I ask another of you: that I may always remain in possession of the true good that is God. Let me rather lose all things than lose God, my supreme good. Let me never suffer the loss of my greatest treasure, eternal life with God. Amen.


(pray for 9 days or 9 hours straight)

Saint Anthony, glorious for the fame of your miracles, obtain for me from God's mercy this favor that I desire (state your specific request or intention here!)

Since you were so gracious to poor sinners, do not regard my lack of virtue but consider the glory of God which will be exalted once more through you by the granting of the petition that I now earnestly present to you.

Glorious Wonderworker, Saint Anthony, father of the poor and comforter of the afflicted, I ask for your help. You have come to my aid with such loving care and have comforted me so generously. I offer you my heartfelt thanks.

Accept this offering of my devotion and love and with it my earnest promise which I now renew, to live always in the love of God and my neighbor. Continue to shield me graciously with your protection, and obtain for me the grace of being able one day to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, there to praise with you the everlasting mercies of God. Amen.

Friday, August 9, 2013

When Someone Hurts You Horribly

You can react in two ways. Actually there are a multitude of ways you can react, but in the end, it comes down to two.
Firstly and the most human way is to seek payback. As the addage goes: payback is a bitch. And it is true. It is a bitch for the one being paid back for the wrong s/he committed, and it is a bitch for the one paying it back. The offender will suffer, yes you will make sure of that. You will have planned it so carefully. And you will relish each and every bite the offender takes of crow.
But revenge is also detrimental to the avenger. The avenger is inflicting suffering in compensation for having experienced suffering. Causing pain and suffering purposely for any reason causes damage to the person. In short the avenger becomes the offender.
Secondly and the hardest way is to forgive the offender for the injury done. This forgiveness isn't a feeling, it isn't a process, it isn't part of a twelve step program to be performed after the revenge. It isn't even supposed to be performed after and only after the offender has apologized. Very often the worst injuries are caused by those offenders who have no clue the pain or suffering they have caused. It isn't done when you feel like you're ready to forgive. It is done simply by saying the words: I forgive you. Though to forgive someone doesn't even require that you have to say it to the offender. It is enough to say oneself : I forgive him /her? The statement is performative: saying it does it. YOu say: I forgive you/him/her. And the offender is forgiven. YOU can't take the forgiveness back.
Does this mean that you condone the injury done you, no. Does this mean you will forget each and every horrible thing you've been through, no, well not immediately. But over time your memory isn't so vivid, and slowly you find yorself not dwelling on the wrongs done to you. And peace enters and makes itself at home.
This is a very oversimplified explanation of overcoming wrongs. But really it is quite easy Forgiving is the hard part. Can you love someone enough to forgive them and can you love yourself enough to want to forgive and heal from the injuries done to yourself?

Scripture to keep in mind

Six things there are, which the Lord hateth, and the seventh his soul detesteth: [17] Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, [18] A heart that deviseth wicked plots, feet that are swift to run into mischief, [19]A deceitful witness that uttereth lies, and him that soweth discord among brethren. [20] My son, keep the commandments of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother. ***Cf:Douay-Rheims Proverbs 6: 16-20


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