Who Am I to Judge

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It’s been a frustrating couple of days here in my little corner of the world. How can you stay positive when you are surrounded by negative energy? I work in a very negative environment and I would say that most of this feeds off of my direct boss. Since I can’t afford to lose my job I just keep quiet and call on God to keep me calm. But I almost lost it today.

“Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.” – Matthew 7:1

I try very hard not to judge anyone. This was not always the case but over the last few years and all the things I have gone through, I realize that I know nothing about someone else. I don’t know what their life is like or what problems they may be dealing with. Yes, there are many people who will certainly tell you their problems, but still I don’t really know, and I can’t judge them. My boss on the other hand has no problem passing judgement on others whether he knows the truth or not. So much so that it wouldn’t surprise me if there would be a lawsuit coming over this last incident.

How do I deal with this? Do I say something and risk my job? Jobs are not easy to get for a 60 year old. Should I go over his head? This is something I have been praying about for the last few days. Even without having to listen to the teachings of Jesus I know this is wrong. Spreading rumors and negativity is not in the best interest of the workplace.

God wants us to be that beacon of light for him. He wants His light to shine through us, but how can you do this, especially in a small workplace like this? How can you shine His Light through the darkness? I have come such a long way in the past ten years. I have found my way to God and although I am far from where I need to be, I am closer than I have ever been. The one thing I still need to work towards is being able to spread His Word, whether through writing, speaking or more importantly through actions. There are good people here, but yet…

This makes me start thinking about this question:

Since we have pushed God out of our lives and replaced His morality with a moral relativism where everyone feels what is best for them is what is right. For two or more generations now people have not learned true morality, or even learned who God is, so how can we be the shining light on the top of the bushel basket when no one knows what the light is?

I know I have to be positive and not give up. I know that even if know one understands why I live the way I do, I still need to live as the best Christian and Catholic I can. God – I just ask that you help me to make a difference.

What Have You Done With My Lord

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“What have you done with my Lord?”

These are the words that Mary used when she entered the tomb of Jesus and found it empty. These are the same words we can use when we see all that is happening in the world around us. Every day there is more violence around us whether it is terrorists acts, domestic violence or random shootings. Each time we ask the same question: Where is God through all of this?

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How Low Can We Go

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I am so glad to see we have our priorities straight. Finally, there is outrage throughout the world about needless, senseless, and horrible death. The mainstream media has covered this extensively. All the news channels have had their say expressing horror that this could happen. Even late night talk show hosts have broken down on the air over this. More

Where is the Bottom

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Here is one from the “How far do we have to fall before we hit bottom” department. In the news this week is a story about a website where married couples can hook up for affairs. It seems that a group of hackers has hijacked all the information and is threatening to release all the information unless the site is taken down. This information includes names, addresses, credit card information, dates, times, places, all kinds of stuff. There are at least 45 million members.  More

Global Warming and the Pope

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Earlier today Pope Francis released a new encyclical “Laudato si'”Praise Be: On the Care for our Common Home. As with anything the Pope writes or says, there is sure to be a lot of misinterpretation, especially by the mainstream media. Some of the issues in the encyclical are climate change, global warming, fossil fuels and that political bodies need to act to fix the problem.  More

Looking With Different Eyes

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Some days it just seems like the world is spinning out of control. It gets crazier and crazier every day. What was once considered evil is now considered good. Killing people we don’t want anymore has become second nature to us, we even make it legal.  More

The Devil is no Fool

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I suppose lately I have been on somewhat of a kick about my concern we could be in the end-times. Whether we are or not I can’t say for sure since “We don’t know the day or the hour” but there is one thing I am pretty certain about and that is Satan is definitely winning. True, he won’t win in the end, but he is winning now.

Take a look around at the violence, the hate, the greed, the corruption, the killing of innocent children who never even have a chance to live outside the womb, and more and more the killing of the sick, elderly and infirm.

I know in past posts I have quoted from C.S. Lewis’ “The Screwtape Letters” well I won’t today. I hear a collective sigh of relief out there in cyber-space. Instead, I will quote from the book I am reading now, Thomas Merton’s “The Seven Storey Mountain“. The other day I went to a local used bookstore “The Book Bear” only a few miles from here and found a copy. And let me give them a free plug, if you love books, especially old books, this is the place to go.

Alright back to Merton. At the beginning of the book, he is talking about how his father didn’t particularly care for Catholics. This was in the 1920’s and there were many reasons. During Merton’s discussion about this he writes this paragraph:

The devil is no fool. He can get people feeling about heaven the way they ought to feel about hell.He can make them fear the means of grace the way they do not fear sin. And he does so, not by light, but by obscurity, not be realities, but by shadows; not by clarity and substance, but by dreams and the creatures of psychosis. And men so poor in intellect that a few cold chills down their spine will be enough to keep them from ever finding out the truth about anything.

Satan is very good at distracting us, of convincing us that God is wrong, that somehow He is the evil one. The lines have become blurred. the world has been turned upside down. As we have heard so many times, what was once right is now wrong, what was once good is now bad. I truly believe it is the evil one who is behind this. And those of us who stood by and let this change happen are to blame for much of this.

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