It is my habit on Sunday to study the readings for today's Mass before attending. We have all experienced a most horrific week in the history of our great country. We are understandably angry and at the same time sad.
To witness grown men and women act in such a despicable manner was shocking to many of us. Forcing a man of integrity to discuss his virginity and explain jokes about flatulence from his high school years was a moment of sheer lunacy.
As my anger was bubbling toward the boiling point I read today's epistle and decided tomorrow was soon enough for a rant.
Our epistle for today is taken from the letters of Paul to the Ephesians, Chapter 4, verses 23 through 28. I have included some verses that come before and after since I think they add to the understanding of what Paul is trying to convey.
Renewal in Christ.
the new self, created in God’s way in righteousness and holiness of truth.
do not let the sun set on your anger,
with his [own] hands, so that he may have something to share with one in need.
I'm always amazed when I hear people refer to themselves as "recovering Catholics." Their number one complaint is usually being saddled with Catholic "guilt." Really? Guilt is good. When you do something wrong you should feel guilty and that guilt should make you ashamed and push you toward repentance. May I remind you "recovering Catholics" that psychopaths don't feel guilt or shame.
So, for additional Sunday reading check out Brian Joondeph's article at American Thinker Healthy Shame Woefully Absent in Washington, DC.
Mrs. Brett (Ashley) Kavanaugh has asked her Christian brothers and sisters to pray Psalm 40 over her husband, their family, and the nation.
A Personal Request
Our retired pastor and next door neighbor, Father Bill, is in hospice care after suffering a major stroke last Saturday. In your charity please include him in your prayers. Thank you