Beware of the Dog

A few years ago I came across the writings of the founder of Opus Dei, Saint Josemaria Escriva. At the time I didn’t have much time to read them but recently as I was perusing my 4,000 bookmarks (okay maybe not that many) and came across them again.

St. Josemaria believed we can all find holiness in everyday life, that God is all around us. As I have said many times, we only need to look for Him.

Earlier today I went to a benefit for the daughter of my cousin who has just begun to battle breast cancer. She stood in front of everyone and talked about what she was going through and how she was going to get through it by being positive and not letting it get her down. She had mentioned how when she was first diagnosed, she had gone to the internet for information. She said that so much of it and social media was just full of doom and gloom. She decided that wasn’t for her.

As I was thinking about this, I realized how this quote from St. Josemaria fits very nicely with this.

Don’t waste your time and your energy –which belong to God — throwing stones at the dogs that bark at you on your way. Ignore them.

The Way – St. Josemaria Escriva

“Don’t waste your time throwing stones at dogs who bark at you.” Dogs can refer to people who are negative. They are miserable and expect you to be. They bark and bark at you wanting you to bark back. To get them to stop you throw stones at them. Why? They might back away but they won’t stop barking. Don’t waste the time and energy throwing stones, it could be better used for doing God’s will.

The same goes for those who are traveling down the road to Salvation. There are plenty of dogs barking at us, people who either don’t believe or don’t’ want to and think we are wasting our time. Don’t waste time trying to get them to stop. I’m not saying not to try to get them to see the light, of course you should. But some people don’t want to see, they don’t want to be in the light.

How can we get them to see? By having them watch how we live our lives. We need to be examples for them.

No dogs were thrown in the writing of this post.

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