Speaking the Truth

We don’t like to speak the truth about evil because we’re going to hurt somebody. Let me tell you, you are going to hurt somebody, but that Somebody is God. If you would rather hurt God than your neighbor, there is something wrong with your spirituality. It’s your obligation to speak the truth and everyone can either take it or leave it. But truth must be in us. We live in such poverty of the truth today.
- Mother Angelica

Friday, July 31, 2009

Our Complete Faith

St. Ignatius of Loyola

And He did not work many mighty deeds there because of their lack of faith. Matthew 13:58

It's hard to watch the news nowadays because of all the evil that is done to others out there. And there are lots of us who pray for an end to the evil in the world. Maybe there are times where we wonder, "When? When are You going to save us?!" But then I look at society today. We are God-less, faithless people. Our decisions are not led by our Lord. Just look at television. What do we see? I'll tell you what I see. I see kids shows that I have to monitor because I'm not sure if it will have sexual undertones or not. I see commercials during kids' shows that are questionable. I see shows for us adults that promote promiscuous behavior and fornication. I see shows that diminish the value of marriage and what marital relations are all about.

So when I wonder why God isn't working His "magic" with mighty deeds in our small little section of the world, I think of these things. Do I have the faith that it takes to make a difference? Do I have enough faith in everything God encompasses to make a change? Do I have enough faith in God to want to follow each and every one of His commandments to the fullest? I would definitely like to think I do. But I also know that I don't have the power to change minds. I can raise my children with a strong faith and the ability to fight the secular world we live in to stay true to that faith. And maybe then God can work His mighty deeds in them.

Lord, I love You with all my heart and strive every day to follow an ultimate faith of You and only You. Help me to take away my thoughts and feelings the devil entices me with.

Daily Readings:
Leviticus 23:1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34-37 Psalm 81:3-6, 10-11 Matthew 13:54-58


Tracy said...

Excellent Karen!

Laura @ Our House of Joyful Noise said...

I do....I wonder all of the time, when Christ will come again, and it will be the end of the world. There have been times, when I have hoped it will be sooner, than later. Not because I am not happy in my own personal life, but because I fear how much 'worse', society...the world...will get, before our Creator says, "Enough!" I think about how different, safer, more trusting the world seemed to be, when I was little....and how bad it has become. So I really fear how much WORSE it will be from today, when my children are grown and have children of their own.

Every single life, whether they know or accept it or not, is based on faith and a specific purpose for which God designed them for this earth. That's what I believe. Yes, some live oblivious to it all. But I think one NEEDS faith in life. Maybe, God is waiting for things to escalate enough, that everyone realizes that? Wakes up? Lives a life according to His Word? I don't know.
But I do believe the LEAST we can do, is be an example, the best we can as sinning humans of faith, and put all of our trust in Him.