August 18, 2012
Welcome to Sabbath Moments, a Saturday meme hosted by Colleen at Thoughts on Grace. Visit her to read other blogger’s Sabbath Moments for this past week.
Cool weather and rain
The drought is not broken, but this week we got relief from the past two month’s daily temps above 100º. At night we are dropping into the 60s, and twice this week we got a good shower complete with sound effects that sent Francie piling into bed and snuggling up to me. This answer to prayer has given new life to the asparagus beans and peppers. The Arkansas Travelers are still producing small tomatoes. We feel so blessed by God to be able to raise veggies for our table and to share with others less fortunate. Now if only the lone, late planted zucchini would flower and give us a little squash!
I am still praying for rain, though, because we are still 10 inches behind and it will take a lot more to save many trees. A friend saw a deer near his farm that was totally emaciated, which means nature, rather than hunters, is culling the population. Our fallen world spares not the animals and plants, even though they do not sin. They are swept up in the after effects of our sin. And the drought is most definitely a consequence of our not putting God first in our lives, as are all the other natural disasters and wars we must endure.
Hermits fascinate me. From the famous art critic Sister Wendy to Father George David Byers of Holy Souls Hermitage, their stories and talents are a unique facet of the Church. I found Holy Souls Hermitage a month or so ago and highly recommend it as a source of spiritual renewal. Father’s meditations on the mysteries of the rosary have given me many beautiful Sabbath Moments, and his series on exorcism should be read by anyone desiring to be an informed Catholic wearing the armor of God.
This week in particular Father fisked Cardinal Dolan’s talk to the Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus in Anaheim, California. It’s worth the read, believe me.
I grew up in the 40s, 50s, and early 60s when the Catholics of America were falling all over themselves to be accepted by society at large. It only got worse after Vatican II. I would describe the sentiment this way: “Oh please accept me, please, please, please. I’ll do anything you ask to fit in.” My parents raised me to eschew such groveling. After all, Jesus never sucked up to the Pharisees for any favors and as the Body of Christ neither should we.
Our sentiment should be more like Father Byers, Archbishop Chaput, and the like. One might say the emerging sentiment is, “Love me or leave me, but get out of my way (of proclaiming the truth of the Gospel).” And St. Francis de Sales motto, “Speak the truth with charity” does not mean playing nice-nice with people who are hell bent on murder and mayhem. Sometimes charity requires the tough love of roughness. “Don’t sugar coat it, Kid. Give it to her straight.” – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
The Knights of Columbus really ought to re-examine their Al Smith Dinner event. There is always more than one way to skin a cat, especially one that doesn’t involve handing the knife to a guy who lied, cheated and stole his way into the presidency of the United States.
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