Decisions, decisions … Friday, March 8

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A Rosary Meditation … The Third Sorrowful Mystery, the Crowning with Thorns. ” ‘Shall I crucify your king?’ And the chief priests answered, ‘We have no king but Caesar.’ ” We all have choices, don’t we? Sometimes the decision-making process can be difficult. “Am I called to the life of a religious or does God want me to get married and have kids?” That could be a hard one. “You want mayonnaise with that?” Ah, not so hard. We can of course agonize over any decision, big or small. Or we can jump the gun. That’s why we have, or should have, others to go to for input. A best friend (hopefully one with common sense), our confessor (another good reason to go to confession on a regular basis, so the priest can get to know us and be able to give reliable council if we ask for it), and others. It’s not so difficult, but we can sure make it that way. So, what’s all this got to do with a crown of thorns? Look at what the chief priests did here. Do you think they made a bad judgement call? And it was based on what? Choosing the world over God is almost always a matter of self-will. Or ignorance. I don’t think these guys could claim ignorance. Anyway, we’re told to be Christ-like. It’s who we are as Catholics. We do better or worse on any given day and most of the time our “better” or our “worse” hinges on a decision we’ve made. And even no decision is a decision. We’ll probably never be crowned with literal thorns, but trying to be what we’re supposed to be and making the decisions that lead to that can be a real headache. And daily, if you will, this can be our painful crown. In the Old Testament the statement is made, ” … choose this day that which pleaseth you, whom you would rather serve … ” Joshua 24:15. Decisions, decisions. Sound advice is what we need, and that from a trustworthy source. “I call heaven and earth to witness this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing. Choose therefore life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19. Jesus wore a crown of thorns. He took our sins, our wrong decisions, upon Himself. He bore our headache, and its consequences, didn’t He? Oh, our head will still hurt, but isn’t it good to know that He made the right choice?

Today … St. Senan. Senan was born of Christian parents at Munster, Ireland. He was a soldier for a time and then became a monk under Abbot Cassidus, who sent him to Abbot St. Natalis at Kilmanagh in Ossory. Senan became known for his holiness and miracles and attracted great crowds to his sermons. He made a journey to Rome, meeting St. David on the way back. He built several churches and monasteries, and then settled on Scattery Island, where he built a monastery that soon became famous. He died at Killeochailli on the way back from a visit to St. Cassidus monastery. Think about it. He was faced with lots of choices, lots of decisions. Be a soldier or a monk? Obey the abbot or not? Preach or remain silent? Go to Rome, build churches, or … ? You know, I’ll bet his head ached on many an occasion. Just like yours and mine. But he put up with it, kept going, and with God’s help, having made lots of decisions along the way, ended up exactly where? Where? Well, do the chief priests we read about above have a feast day? Hardly. Where did they end up? God knows, leave that to him. But St. Senan is in Heaven and the reason is that he chose to go there. And his headaches? All gone now and forever.

Think … When you make a wrong decision and come to realize it you can always change your mind. If you can’t change your mind, why have one?

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