It's super important to learn how to control your emotions, and desires and to "Master" yourself because our prisons are full of people who were unable to do it for themselves.
Don't ever consider trying to "Master" someone else when you have a speck in your own eye. Trying to control another person is a serious error in judgement. It's a waste of your energy, time, and emotions, but specifically it's a waste of your life. Quickly learn the differences between a persons personality traits, quirks, and annoying behaviors, and their sins. Sinful behavior should never be accepted, never embraced or encouraged, and always promptly forgiven. More growth can be accomplished if you set an example and keep yourself quiet and pray to the Holy Spirit to "enlighten" your subject of affection, but don't be surprised if you're the one who "Gets" enlightened instead, because only God can change people, but first we've got to get out of his way.
(Please either ignore me or indulge me as I write to my children.)
Dear homeschoolers, leaving the rest of the world in the wake of your many successes doesn't encourage a public who grows impatient with a group of people whom we feel consider themselves to be better than the rest of us. As a group, you've left a trail of humiliated, embarrassed, and angry educators, a handful of game show hosts (- makes me laugh), and politicians whose ineffective solutions so far have proven to be more of an exercise in waste and frustration.
Fearfully consider the people in powerful positions who wipe their bottoms with your awesome test scores as they lie in wait to pounce on a smug group of people with sucky social skills because your destain for the rest of us, ie; the world, has been made clear to us every time you speak. I agree, homeschooled people are better than the rest of us, but ya'll better keep it on the down-low because humility rules. Does anyone remember why the Mormons were driven from Missouri? Some were even murdered. Remember too , that being brighter than your brethren creates new problems for yourselves as your gift of knowledge isn't a solution in itself as you must consider your responsibilities of service towards your fellow man has now magnified. Lastly, as you graze at the foot of the tree of knowledge, consider what caused the downfall of man in the first place.
*Disclaimer, Using exorcising in the context as I had done was intentional and not a result of my lilliputian brain power,... feel free to correct my punctuation.
About ten years ago, I found a note while I was cleaning our daughter Elizabeth's bedroom. She had written down a dozen or so of her lifes goals though I can only remember one of them because I thought it was so unrealistic, dreamy and unattainable. She wrote; #8, I want to work on an academy award winning movie. I thought, geeze she's in for a lifetime of supreme disappointment and I figured that four year degree in painting pretty much sealed the deal as a tenured waitress at Denny's. Anyway, she did it, and we're super proud of her. Sometimes God's will is stunning, yet even so, he didn't make the ride any less difficult or painful for her as he pushed her onward.
*The above concept art pictured, was not made by Elizabeth. Our daughter's a lighter , who I like to say, "Makes the Disney magic". She worked on the snow queens ice castle and dealt with refraction issues as she made the ice reflect, sparkle, and shine.
I hope God remembers I have a list as well, it's super short, only one thing listed, also surprising, but no one can find it because it's written on my heart where only God can see it
You know your job at the "Sanctuary" is bad when your mother insists you carry mace around with you at all times while you go about your daily business, and to be particularly mindful of avoiding dark corners and sheltering in place at night... no late night kitchen snacks.
I'm beginning to think the locks with keypads and codes are keeping the creepers in- not necessarily out. Also I wonder if the powers of the priesthood are defunct when disobedience is the norm?
(Crazy liberal Catholics content with sitting in their own mind sludge. Though it's super interesting to watch the spiritual battle played out in real time.)
Isn't it strange, Catholic grade school, middle school, college, and then seminary, all of that education yet they still can't figure out why their mission is dying? I pray the diocese discontinues any and all resuscitation efforts.
As the Archbishop of New Orleans maybe he could start by convincing his own people to avoid these kind of services, though past experiences have taught me that converting the pew sitters is nearly an impossibility. Christians tend to be self righteous in their sins, indignant, steadfast and above correction. The scenario is different but the theme is the always same, it's about defiance. Now I understand how humility is a factor in our salvation, as we humble not only our bodies but our mind and it's thoughts to the Lord.