Saturday March 17, 2018

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.  To all Irish (and we are all Irish today) and especially to Bill and Betty McGuire…

May the roads rise to meet you.  May the wind be always at your back.  May the sun shine warm upon your face.  May the rains fall soft upon your fields.  And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Today’s station…Jesus meets His mother Mary

In an earlier blog, I wrote about advising my children to always ask “What if?”.  In reading the little black book today, I am encouraged to ask WHY?  The following is taken from the lenten “Little Black Book”…

   And when the soldiers had mocked Jesus, they stripped him of the purple cloak, dressed him in his own clothes and led him out to crucify him.  (Mk 15:20)

Having amused themselves at the prisoner’s expense, it is now time to go to Calvary, the place where victims were crucified.

  The troops are just carrying out their orders.  No need to think about the justice or injustice of it all.  It was part of the system and theirs was to do and not ask why.  That’s how orderly societies operate.  You do what you’re told.

  The Saintly Archbishop of Recife, Brazil, Dom Helder Camara (who died in 1999) once said: “When I feed the poor, they call me a saint.  But when I ask why there are poor, they call me a Communist.”

It takes a lot of courage to ask the simple question “Why?”

I wonder if I have that courage?

God Bless all you today – be brave for our Lord…

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid.

Jesus, I trust in You.

 

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