August 17, 2013
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In spite of the dry cool weather God sent us this week, which is absolutely wonderful for sleeping with the windows open and enjoying the night sounds of tree frogs and crickets, I was feeling progressively weaker, more tired, and in increasing pain. For several days I thought I was moving into fibro flare, a place nobody wants to be. How many times did I say to the Lord, “What’s going on? What am I doing wrong? Why am I so tired and why do I hurt so much? Well, Thy will be done.”
It turns out that there is some kind of virus going around and the symptoms were from the little critters gaining hold. It took me until Wednesday evening to figure out that this malaise was only temporary rather than being a long, drawn out affair with months of recovery. One of my Latin students told me she had the virus creep up on her and described the symptoms exactly. What a relief.
Today I am much better and can say that the habits I formed while struggling through fibro flare came to the rescue. Zoning out and praying the rosary, offering up everything for the salvation of souls, and thanking God for the excuse to just be quiet made me feel useful to Him. One day I took Audi, Filia by St. John of Avila with me and sat in the morning sun reading for about twenty minutes as part of my therapy. Our God-given sunlight is a great healer and should be part of most people’s wellness plan.
Sabbath Moments can always be combined with wellness moments. That’s the beauty of living and looking for God’s hand in every part of our lives.
Greed in government
This week offered many opportunities to trust in God. One was the email notification from the Amazon Associates program that I was being removed as a participant effective sometime in September. It seems that the state of Missouri has decided to join other states in demanding that taxes be paid by Amazon for internet sales that originate in that state. In the three years that I’ve been blogging and linking recommendations to Amazon, I’ve earned somewhere around $30 in commissions, so this is no great loss, but I can imagine that others do much better and this will interfere with income they may be counting on. I am in full sympathy with Amazon. The bookkeeping is a nightmare and would add extensively to their cost of doing business as well as probably making the Associate program unprofitable.
Also this week I received a call from an organization that notified me about a bill coming up in the state legislature to tax prescription drugs. I contacted my representative and was relieved to learn that he opposes it. However, that does not mean it won’t pass.
Missouri is not trying to cut the profligate spending, fraud and corruption in state government. Therefore, the legislature must think up new ways to extract money from citizens to fund their schemes and enable the scammers and fraudsters who know how to game the system to have yet one more way to suck people dry. I don’t know a single legislator in Missouri or in Congress who has to worry about paying bills. They really can’t identify with the average person who is trying to live honestly and simply and manage money wisely.
As senior citizens living on Social Security and little else, we are really feeling the pinch of increased taxation of telecommunications, increased energy costs and taxes, exorbitant grocery prices, and anything else you can think of to throw in there.
My husband and I have always lived below our means on purpose, not doing things others take for granted, but every year things are getting tighter and tighter. Our health permits neither one of us the luxury of getting a regular job, even part time, to compensate for the income loss, so we must trust that God will provide. He does, in fact, by letting me earn a little money through teaching Latin and doing copy editing and proofreading jobs, though those come along sporadically. As long as I am physically and mentally capable, I will do every odd job that comes my way.
This is not a rant or a whine. I don’t feel sorry for myself. We’ve done the best we can over the years to be responsible people and we are grateful to God to be able to have a garden in the summer and enough to share a little with others. We are grateful that God allows us to keep our 13 year old car running and afford to care for our dog. We are glad that He has provided us with the Extraordinary Form of the Mass to nourish our spiritual life and for the friends and family that brighten our lives. We are particularly glad for our Catholic faith.
In these times I am reminded of Jesus’ admonishment in Matt. 6:34: Be not therefore solicitous for tomorrow; for the morrow will be solicitous for itself. Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof. Some things never change.
It is a very good thing that we are living in the times of Divine Mercy. Perhaps the present and future economic trials the world will face will help many realize that there is a God who truly loves them, that they need Him, and that He is waiting to welcome them and care for them.
Now I’m heading to the garden to plant my male kiwi vine so that two years from now we can have little kiwis to enjoy and share.
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