I thought this little tidbit in the lives of St. Abdon and Sennen was a very good reminder to us, especially when we want to say, "Why me?"
learning of Abdon and Sennen's dedication to the Faith, was extremely irritated. He sent for the two
brothers to appear before his tribunal, and attempted to win them over to
sacrifice to the false gods, by appealing to his recent victory, as a sign of their
favor. The Saints replied, however, that this victory was not at all a proof of
such power, since the unique true God, Creator of heaven and earth with His Son,
Jesus Christ, gives victory to some and defeat to others, for reasons hidden in
the designs of His providence."
Incidentally, to explain the picture, "Decius arraigned them before the Senate, in whose presence they again testified to the
divinity of Christ, saying they could adore no other. The next day they were
flogged in the amphitheater; then two lions and four bears were released to
devour them. But the beasts lay down at their feet and became their guardians,
and no one dared approach for a time. Finally the prefect sent out gladiators
to slay them with the sword, which with the permission of God was done."
These are splendid reminders that nothing comes to us that is not permitted by God Himself and that in some way, suffering, trials, as well as blessings are all for His greater honor and glory and for our salvation.
July 30, 2015
July 26, 2015
Awwww! How sweet!
Dapper for Mass
And pretty pleased!
What? What's the matter?
This is great fun!
July 19, 2015
Happy 14th Birthday, Rosie!
Reminds me of Little Lulu
Missing a couple teeth, both fell out the same day.
Bit of a precarious situation!
Fried bug... found outside... we didn't fry it.
I guess they were happy about it.
Fire pitBlessed is that servant, whom when his lord shall come, he shall find so doing" (luke 12:43). He spoke of how Mr. Rogan died bringing his wife and children to the hospical to deliver the new baby and praying the rosary on the way when he was taken from this earth. He then gave the example of St. Ignatius (or maybe it was another saint and excuse my poor words here)) who said that if it was recreation time and he was playing a board game and Our Lord came, he would not get up and hurry to some other job because he knew he was doing, at that moment what he was suppose to do. Even enjoying recreation at the right time is one's duty. However, shame will be yours if you waste your time instead of doing your duty. The 2nd point was that we mourn those who leave in the Sign of Faith. We are in dark times and are face to face with the awful truth of the endangered species: MEN. (strong men of Faith). And how they will be hunted down as part of the endangered species to remove you (and into the worldly). Don't trust in the strength of body but lift the soul to God in prayer. Avoid the temptations of discouragement and be enticed with soft temptations. Rally behind St. Michael. Quis ut Deus! Of course this priest had much better words.