Nazis and Klansmen … Friday, March 5

Adolf Hitler in Yugoslavia.

Adolf Hitler. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ku Klux Klan

Ku Klux Klan. (Photo credit: Paul Lowry)

A Rosary Meditation … The Third Sorrowful Mystery, the Crowning with Thorns. “And Pilate said to them, ‘Behold the man!’ But they cried out, ‘Away with him! Crucify him!’ ” John 19:5, 15. The mob mentality. Normal people turned into pack animals. “Pack” as in wolves and also as in willing to carry their own burdens when Someone else is more than willing to help. And we wonder about Klansmen and Nazis. Its called “fallen nature”. But looking at that gives us a wrong perspective. The One who seems to be held captive here is actually the One who came to set the captives free. Luke 4:18. If we keep our eyes on the crazed people calling for death and destruction we’ll get pulled into that, we’ll become a part of it. The truth actually lies in Pilates statement. Rather than look at the crowd we need to behold the Man. Keeping our focus on Him takes us away from the Klansmen, the Nazis, our own lower nature, and places us in His company instead. We get to decide which side we’re on. Do we really want to stand shoulder to shoulder with Thom Robb and Adolf Hitler? Or would we rather stand shoulder to Shoulder with the One who shouldered the cross? The world is more than ready to run after the popular wicked. We are IN the world, that’s true. But we needn’t be OF it. Better to distance ourselves from that pack mentality. Remember that pack animals, when they’ve torn their victim, often turn on other members of the pack. There is no honor among thieves, not really. The only safe place to be, in this instance, is with Christ. He’s the only safe haven under any circumstances.

Today … St. Zeno. A martyr who was put to death at an unknown date and in an uncertain location. He was reportedly burned alive. That’s all kind of iffy isn’t it? Not much detail. But one thing is certain. He was no pack animal.

“Behold the man!” … “The efficiency of the truly national leader consists primarily in preventing the division of the attention of a people, and always in concentrating it on a single enemy.” ~ Adolf Hitler ~ And folks, be aware, because as His Body here on earth, the “enemy” the system picks out for people to focus on is us, Christ’s One, Holy, Apostolic Catholic Church. They crowned Him, they crown us.
 

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To choose well all you need to do is to choose well … Thursday, April 4

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Bottom line? All Mary ever really did was make right choices. Follow her example. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Rosary Meditation … The Third Joyful Mystery, the Nativity. “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of goodwill.” Luke 2:14. Only a person of goodwill would ever truly be able to accept or experience peace. Have you ever noticed how some people, when confronted by a choice between something good and something else will choose the something else? Sometimes the reason may be addictive behavior, other times it may be that the person was taught at an early age that they were unworthy. There are lots of reasons. They are, bottom line, all invalid. The fact is that there is nothing to keep any of us from choosing the good. The only thing necessary is to simply make the right choice. When confronted with good and anything else you don’t need to be deserving, you don’t need to think of yourself as entitled, its not a matter of being good enough or even needing. Its just about choosing the good. That’s all, nothing more. It isn’t complicated. When we will to choose the good we put ourselves in that group the angel mentioned. We become people of good will. And there is a peace in that. That peace stems from the Author of all that is good.

Today … St. Deifer was a Welsh abbot and founder of Bodfare in Clwyd, Wales. He didn’t have to serve God as a monk. He wasn’t obligated to accept the position of abbot. He could have chosen not to found Bodfare. He had choices. All he did was make the right ones. By God’s grace making good choices also makes saints.

Quote … “You have only always to do what is right. It will become easier by practice, and you enjoy in the midst of your trials the pleasure of an approving conscience.” ~ General Robert E. Lee ~