Saturday, 12 April 2014
This is a list of things people do wrong when faced with suffering. The second list is what they can do with suffering with is valuable.
What not to do with suffering:
blame the Church
forget to pray
forget to go the Church more often
do not listen to cynical friends
do not fall into self-hatred
do not fall into self-pity
What to do when suffering:
beg God to show you why
beg God to reveal your sins
beg God to reveal your predominant fault
beg God to take the suffering for repararton of your sins
offer the suffering for the sins of others, especially family members
read the lives of the saints
read the perfection and Dark Night series on this blog
praise and thank God for the opportunity to be purified
be thankful again and again and again
I am not a traveler by nature. There are, to my knowledge, no gypsies in my past, although I do have good friends who know they have gypsy ancestors. My ancestors proved to be daring and active, but not loose and fancy free, which most people judge those who are itinerants are.
This is so far from the truth that I must comment on itinerants today.
Most of those I have met who are homeless are either suffering from addictions or vets. Vets have been and are treated very badly by our society, which has benefited from the sacrifice of so many vets who suffer.
Why America is treating her vets so badly is an indication that the narcissists rule all.
The Catholic Church in some dioceses do not have support from the wealthy or the middle-class to help the homeless. The diocese of Davenport has not had a Catholic Charities for years.
I shall soon find out about others. This situation of not caring for the homeless is a scandal in the Church.
Pray for our vets. A nation which has homeless is not civilized.
The ignoring of the old is getting to me. Priests are not reaching out to the elderly in their parishes in many places, and old people are falling away from the faith.
This is never talked about. Everyone is so taken with evangelizing youth that there is little or no care for the old.
The old are neglected spiritually. They cannot get to the sacraments. Many are losing their faith as they struggle with pain, the loss of children, the loss of their children to the world, the flesh and the devil, and the loss of support in the faith.
Daily, I am meeting old people who cannot manage their homes, their money, their shopping and no one in the parishes care.
Their children may live thousands of miles away and be fallen away from the Church so far as to not care about their Catholic parents.
I am shocked by the neglect.
I challenge priests in the parishes to pay attention, not talk down to their elderly, speak of the last four things clearly, and visit them.
The old need to see the love of Christ.