Keep Calm and Pray On

“All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling must be removed from you, along with all malice. And be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.” Ephesians 4:31-32

Something to ponder and keep close to heart as we approach this election, and the clamoring din rises to a crescendo on social media, on tv, and elsewhere. Remember that everyone, even those in the comboxes online and those holding protest signs, are our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Remember that there is no such thing as evil men, only men who do evil things.  Everyone is a child of God, regardless of their sin. Everyone deserves compassion and mercy, by virtue of their inherent dignity as a person. We are called to

Cast your vote well – not out of fear, but for the candidate you feel is the best person for the job. Explore third parties. Vote your conscience, but don’t yell at others for voting theirs. You alone are responsible for your own actions. And, as St. Pio once said – “Pray, hope, and don’t worry.”

God is still in control. We are still His.

Mass boring? Can’t focus? Let’s Chat.

Any Catholic parent knows that attending Mass with Tiny People Under the Age of 20 is heroic in and of itself.  First, there’s the struggle to get out the door without breaking 70% of the Ten Commandments.  Then, the oh-so-pleasant ride to Mass, made memorable by the people who are still upset about the ritual of getting ready, and those who aren’t still raving are downright sullen.  Of course, Dad taking the turn into the parking lot on two wheels and almost hitting old Mrs. Reilly with the car doesn’t help the mood much, either.  And then, the fun begins!  Race to the door!  Bathe in the holy water!  Stop pulling your sister’s sweater off!  Race to the pew!  Genuflect towards Jesus, not the exit sign!  For goodness’ sake, GET IN THE PEW ALREADY!  Sit!  Kneel!  Stand!  Stop chewing on your hair!  No, you can’t go up and talk to Father on the altar right now!  If you ask me if we’re getting donuts after Mass ONE MORE TIME… GET BACK IN THE PEW!  You should’ve went before we left home!  Why do you have a stuffed snake?!  WHERE DID YOU HIDE THAT THING?!  No, it’s not time to go home!  Three more songs!  And so on.  Sound familiar? Continue reading