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Morality + America = oxymoron. #prayforus PLZ

2 Timothy 3:5 "Having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people." I love this Bible verse! It truly speaks to how we are to overcome negativity but also how we should discern what it is God is calling us to do and then go on and do it in HOPE and FAITH.  This second week of Lent we are asked to transform our world.  In last Sunday's Gospel Jesus was transformed and we were told to listen to him.

As a mother, a woman, and as someone Baptized to be Priest, Prophet and Queen; I have no time for negativity.  I have too much faith in God to fall for the "we are going to hell in a hand basket thinking."  Are there things that we see that need to be fixed. Yes, there are!  Is it our calling to do so.  Yes it is!  But the negativity! It's just sinful!   “The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked. Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins.” Proverbs 10:11 We all have our discerned issues that we must work on and we must work on them.  So, why are we continuing to promote them with talk about how badly things are going, or how this politician or that one is on the wrong side: this whole: Morality + America = oxymoron. #prayforus, kinda thinking!  That is an entry for the Devil to come and block any God-given efforts we may have done.  Why do that with all the talk about how bad things are?  Why?  

In James he speaks of how the use of words have very powerful efforts on what we do and think: With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.  So when we are working toward our God given, discerned issues should we be praising God with one side of our mouth and then cursing the same issue with the other side?  To me it is very clear that the one will cancel out the other.  For what we bind on earth, curse, will be bound in heaven?  Aren't we called by God to pray for those who hurt us? Shouldn't we: "Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you." Luke 6: 28?  Isn't that a call for us to say: "God, I have done all that I feel you have called me to do with this issue/situation; I will continue to work towards its end, but for now I lay it in your hands.  Amen"

The issues in our world are complex and many.  We live in a pluralistic society, so what may be the answer to prayer for one may not be for another, even among those of faith!  What God is asking us to do is not take on the whole thing, but Our Corner Of the World, work on that, let God take care of the rest.

1 comment:

  1. For those of you reading this, let me introduce myself. I am Tina. I blog over at (not as often as I'd like). I am in the process of discerning God's will for my life. I am a former youth minister of 10 years, CCD teacher, confirmation teacher, choir member and very active member of my parish. I'm a cradle Catholic and am 100% faithful to the Church's teachings.

    I have never corresponded with Patty before; before today that is. I posted the statement: Morality + America = oxymoron. #prayforus, on Twitter this afternoon. My intentions were not to cause debate or breed negativity (which it has appeared to do so with Patty), but as a prayer to God.

    Patty mentions in this post "What God is asking us to do is not take on the whole thing, but Our Corner Of the World, work on that, let God take care of the rest." I live in Connecticut. I can see from this blog that Patty lives in Michigan. She has no idea what my life is like or where I come from (and to be fair, I don't of her either) and strictly assumed she knew what my intentions were when I posted that tweet.

    Let the truth be known, I did not post that tweet to focus on the negative or to discredit the work God has done. At no time did I ever think those thoughts. I posted it out of disgust and desperation for what I have been witnessing and experiencing in my life as of late.

    Thank you for your time with this comment. I hope you are having a blessed Lent. May God bless you - in big ways and small.