December 1, 2012
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75 lbs. of deer
No, hubby and I aren’t deer hunters, but plenty of people are in our neck of the woods, and deer season is upon us. We get a lot of our meat at a packing house in a nearby town because it is cheaper than at the grocery. Last month we noticed that they were certified packers for deer hunters who want to participate in the Share the Harvest program for needy families. The processing is free to the hunters and the processed deer is donated to the program.
I asked the owner of the place if we could get any deer meat and that we would pay for the processing, so he put us on the list but wasn’t optimistic that anything would be available. We don’t qualify to participate in the harvest program so only special circumstances would allow us to get a deer. This week we got a call one evening from the packers saying somebody shot a deer in Kansas and that Missouri won’t allow out of state deer into the program. Would we want to pay for the processing and take the venison? You bet. For only $95.00 we got about 75 lbs. of tenderloin and ground meat and brought it home yesterday.
Immediately we gave six pounds to an elderly neighbor whose whole family enjoys deer, and we are also sharing with another neighbor. The rest will eventually be made into meatloaf, chili, deerburgers, and breakfast sausage as we use the meat. I’m planning on using the tenderloin in my Korean bulgogi recipes. Every time I think of how we are blessed by God in this matter because of the high cost of groceries, it is a Sabbath Moment and a chance to say “Thank you” to the good Lord.
Writing on sin
Probably the greatest help in my spiritual life is writing about the Bible, the teachings of the Church, and other things that I’m writing now has made me look at my own life and experiences and thank God for His divine mercy. I hope it is also helping others, too.
One of the seven gifts of the Holy Ghost is fortitude and if ever we Christians needed fortitude, it is now. Refusing to participate in the sins of others is downright scary for a lot of reasons. But if we, no matter how fearful we are, stand up against the widely accepted sins of our day, we will be prepared for the time when we might possibly be asked by God to give our lives for His kingdom and the conversion of our persecutors.
A parting thought for today from Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta:
We must never think any one of us is indispensable. God has His ways and means. God may allow everything to go upside down in the hands of a very talented and capable person. Unless the work is interwoven with love, it is useless. God will not ask that person how many books he has read but God will ask him if he has done his best for love of Him.
Love that Catholic spirituality!
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