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Posted: April 30, 2018 in World On The Edge

Sacrifice does not mean giving up something for nothing; it means giving up one thing for something else we believe is worth more. Sacrifice is part of  the very definition of what it means to truly love another person.

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imagesPUDVQR78Sacrifice: To forfeit something for something else considered to have a greater value.
Sacrifice does not mean giving up something for nothing; it means giving up one thing for something else we believe is worth more.
Sacrifice is part of  the very definition of what it means to truly love another person. In fact, intimate relationships require sacrifice. I think we understand this most in the context of family, because we do sacrifice for our spouse, our children,  and our parents.  And one of the most important, and hardest, things to sacrifice for family is often our time.

Today’s society  tries to obliterate sacrifice at every turn. Ads promise people that they can fulfill their desires without having to forsake anything at all. “Lose weight without giving up your favorite foods!” “Get  a great body without long workouts!” “Get rich without having to work hard!” The denial of sacrifice is everywhere…

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There are multitudes of Christians on Earth who know the need for God—especially in today’s  superficial world. But many  Christians suffer greatly because of their Faith.

What is the cost of your personal Christian belief? Many of us say we’re Christian, that we believe in God. We hold to that belief, even when some trash Christianity, personally maligning those who believe.

But think about this: To be different is a difficult state of affairs for many. Maybe those so opposed to Christianity are really not opposed at all, but only hold back because they’re afraid of rejection by their peers.

Of those who malign Christians, could it be that a belief in Jesus Christ sets them apart from others where they don’t want to be? Or that belief in God puts them in a category they’d rather not be in, because it isn’t seen as optimum for their career purposes. Or might they be afraid of being labeled because of the way Christians are portrayed in the media?

To say we’re Christians in today’s secular world is not for those who lack courage. To say we’re Christians, means we’re willing to suffer in the face of those who oppose Christianity enough to make fun of it, and us.

Here are some wise words by one of America, and the South’s, greatest writers: “I think there is no suffering greater than what is caused by the doubts of those who want to believe. I know what torment this is, but I can only see it, in myself anyway, as the process by which faith is deepened. A faith that just accepts is a child’s faith and all right for children, but eventually you have to grow religiously as every other way, though some never do.”   

“This notion that grace is healing omits the fact that before it heals, it cuts with the sword Christ said He came to bring.”

“What people don’t realize is how much religion costs. They think faith is a big electric blanket, when of course it is the cross. It is much harder to believe than not to believe. If you feel you can’t believe, you must at least do this: keep an open mind. Keep it open toward faith, keep wanting it, keep asking for it, and leave the rest to God.” ———Flannery O’Connor

Faith comes from within each individual, as a grace. Faith is a part of who we are. It is not a fairytale reliance on things unseen. It is real. It is action. It is love. And–if we’re sincere about it–Our Faith is worth standing up for in a crowd, even if we’re standing up alone.

I know personally that standing up for one’s Faith actually deepens it. Because even if we must stand alone in some situation, we understand that God will give us the strength. All we have to do is seek His courage and we will find it in ourselves.

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Photo by jclk8888, 2014, MorgueFile.Com

When I was a young child, the Catholic Mass was celebrated only in Latin. The language of the church.

Few knew the literal meaning of each word in the prayers unless they followed along in their missal with Latin on one page and English on the opposite page. But it didn’t matter, at least to me. There was something in the Latin Mass that spoke to my soul in the same way as beautiful music without words. I loved the Latin Mass.

Music itself, has been called the language of the soul. There is no question that it connects us, not only by lyrics sung but by the intangible yearning, joy, and even the pain that we hear in a melody.

These emotions were absorbed by many upon hearing the Traditional Latin Mass, the essentials of which had remained constant since the time of Pope St. Gregory the Great (590-604). Today, it is still around and commonly known as the Tridentine Mass.

The Tridentine Mass is a name often applied to the Mass promulgated by Pope St. Pius V, on July 14, 1570, through the apostolic constitution Quo Primum, which standardized the traditional Latin Rite Mass. Then in 1969, it was replaced by the Mass of Pope Paul VI in 1969, called the Novus Ordo.

The Novus Ordo is the new Mass that Pope Paul VI introduced in 1969 after Vatican II, but it was already being revised before and during Vatican II. The desire of both the Council Fathers and Paul VI was to simplify the liturgy in order to make it more accessible to the average layman. While the Novus Ordo retains the basic structure of the Traditional Latin Mass, it removes a number of repetitions and simplifies the language of the liturgy.

This simplification is, of course, very good, but sometimes we appreciate more the ‘not so simple’ things. Those things we have to put additional effort into, those things we have to really think about and meditate upon to understand the awesome mystery in them.

For it is within the quiet depth of our hearts that we come to know the greatest of mysteries –God’s love for us, shown by the sacrifice of His son.
All there for us in the gift of The Mass.

http://catholicism.about.com/od/worship/tp/Comparing_the_Masses.htm

Are Men Happier than Women?

Posted: November 27, 2015 in World On The Edge

file0001125655926My husband sent me this article after he received it in his email.  See what you think.

Are men happier people?

What do you expect from such simple creatures? Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can never be pregnant. You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park.
Car mechanics tell you the truth. The world is your urinal. You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky. You don’t have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt. Same work, more pay. Wrinkles add character. Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental-$100. People never stare at your chest when you’re talking to them. New shoes don’t cut, blister, or mangle your feet. One mood all the time. Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. You know stuff about tanks.

A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase. You can open all your own jars. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend. Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack. Two pairs of shoes are more than enough.. You almost never have strap problems in public. You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes. Everything on your face stays its original color.. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades. You only have to shave your face and neck.

You can play with toys all your life. One wallet and one pair of shoes — one color for all seasons. You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look.. You can ‘do’ your nails with a pocket knife. You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache. You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives On December 24 in 25 minutes. No wonder men are happier.

NICKNAMES
* If Laura, Kate and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah.
* If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Bubba and Wildman.

EATING OUT
* When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in $20, even though it’s only for $32.50. None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want change back.
* When the girls get their bill, out come the pocket calculators.

MONEY
* A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.
* A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn’t need but it’s on sale.

BATHROOMS
* A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel.
* The average number of items in the typical woman’s bathroom is 337. A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items.

ARGUMENTS
* A woman has the last word in any argument.
* Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.

FUTURE
* A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.
* A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.

MARRIAGE
* A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn’t.
* A man marries a woman expecting that she won’t change, but she does.

DRESSING UP
* A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the trash, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail.
* A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.

NATURAL
* Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed.
* Women somehow deteriorate during the night.

OFFSPRING
* Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favorite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams.
* A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

A married man should forget his mistakes. There’s no use in two people remembering the same thing!

What Do You Keep???

Posted: August 19, 2015 in World On The Edge

330px-'FREE_HUGS',_Speaker's_Corner,_Hyde_Park,_LondonIn my house, there are things I won’t let go of–no matter that they’re old, no matter that they often clutter my cabinets and tables and wouldn’t be called wonderful interior decoration. From the old 19th century portrait of my Grandmother as a little girl, to the Love Seats my parents bought for their first home, to the old rosary that hung over the bed of my husband’s grandparents, and many, many more beloved and old “treasures.”

These are things I have to keep–and keep them within my view.

Memory comes from such as those. The idea that a small part of important people in my life are remembered in those things is comforting.

In my life today, there are also people and things I won’t let go of. No matter that they sometimes disappoint–as I sometimes disappoint them.

This is a disposable society. Something gets worn or doesn’t work, we tend to throw it out rather than fix it. And often, we do that with people–acting as if people are things.

Not everyone can be ‘fixed’ by us. But we can stand by them in their trials. We can keep them in our view, and help, or console, them when we can.

Shouldn’t we be the kind of people who realize that true happiness is not found in riches or well-being, in human fame or power, or in any human achievement – however beneficial it may be – such as science, technology, and art–or in any person, unless we see God’s image in them?

And shouldn’t we hold on to that?