Friday, February 17, 2012

Bring It, Pres. Obama. Bring it!

I've read many excellent and heartfelt op eds on the recent assault on religious liberty by President Obama. But I've got a bone to pick with all of you loyal, faithful Catholic bloggers out there. I haven't heard anything about responding to these attacks on our Mother Church with "joy"!

Our Lord said specifically "Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you and defame you on the account of the Son of Man. Rejoice on that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven." (Luke 6: 22).

I don't pretend to know how to do this myself. I'm the blushing girl trying to hide my huge pregnant belly behind a soccer bleacher every time someone comments on my large family of six. (I actually have a family of seven).

But I know that joy works. Because Mother Teresa said "joy is the net which catches souls." I've been caught in that net. I don't know if you've ever been blessed to run into one of the Sister of the Virgin of Matara, but there laughter is infectious! Or if you even heard a priest say the Mass with his eyes shining with joy at the Eucharist and suddenly felt "Wow, this is totally real!"

Joy!

Joy is something the other side doesn't have.

They think they have sex (which they don't), and have more money to buy lots of shiny things from Target (which is worthless on your deathbed), and happiness from sharing cocktails late at night with members of the opposite sex (which isn't really love or happiness).

But the Devil can not counterfeit JOY!

Joy a direct gift from the Holy Spirit.

I absolutely think we need to pray hard about this assault on our Faith, follow all the directions of our dear Bishops, write letters to our congressmen, protest in every possible and embark on civil disobedience.
But we can't be solemn or discouraged or hateful when we do this.

And the best thing to sock it to the Devil's face over this messy HHS issue is to go about our humble daily duties with JOY in our hearts.

Thank you God for trusting us to stand fast during this time of persecution. We pray with Queen Ester and with Judith and with Susanna. We pray with St. Thomas Moore and ask all the martyrs in heaven to loan us their strength and their joy.

8 comments:

  1. Have I told you lately how awesome you are! How can I keep loving you more and more with each passing day!!!

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  2. Yes!

    I don't know which I love more...

    Your post...

    Or your DH's comment...

    awwwwwwww....

    Carla - Henry's mom

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  3. Yes, so true!!!! I must remember this!!!! Thank you!

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  4. Blessed are the persecuted! We are blessed!

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  5. love, Love, LOVE this! Awesome!!!

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  6. I've been thinking about this too because I find that I am very anxious about the whole thing and not very joyful. I think if I were doing more to protest this I might feel more at peace knowing I am doing what I can. Any suggestions on this front? Letters to the editor, congress, etc. are good but do you bring it up on face book? It's probably not god to obsess about it either.

    But, yes. in the end joy comes from the holy spirit. I will pray for joy.

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  7. Well said Abigail! I have already written to my congressman and got a response. Actually, he is in agreement. I forget about the joy in this. I am angry and hurt that the Church is under such attack. BTW, your husband is awesome in his support of you. You guys are such an inspiration to married couples with children.

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  8. I think its very important to understand that this is the church's job, to stand up go persecution. Jesus promised us persecution and Jesus promised us that the church would ultimately win.

    I'm very blessed to know so many priests in the DC area who are from different countries. One friend gold me that churches in his native Poland were always filled in his youth because it was illegal to pray outside an official church building. You could get arrested for just making the sign of the cross on a city street corner. And the funny was that he seemed to think it was sad that our churches were mostly empty on weekdays in "free" America.

    So if this is the plight of so many Catholics around the world who are we to sad that we Americans are suddenly ask to share a bit of their cross?

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