I can listen to progressives for much longer than conservatives. Progressives seem to have more compassion. However, once they attack God or those who are pro-life, I get really upset really quickly. I’m not sure why but I think it has something to do with such attacks flying in the face of compassion.

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Sometimes life seems to fall apart all around me. As much as I have going for me, as many blessings as God has given me, it sometimes feels like I have nothing. It feels as though everything I’ve come to hang my hat on is no longer sturdy enough to hold my hat. How can I overcome depression when I’ve nothing to hold onto–to pick me up?

I believe the only answer is to re-examine what it is in my life that truly matters. What is the axis of my world. The funny thing is that my axis has never changed through the years–at least not intentionally. I just get too caught up with everything else that I forget what really matters. But when I finally reach that depressed state of total despair, I always seem to remember who is most important to me. I pray to God for help and I want to be hugged by my family.

Maybe I should remember that more often. Maybe I should help God and hug my family before I’m in despair. Maybe I should more often be an instrument for God to use to help others and be a rock for my family. In other words, I should decrease before I fall so that He may increase and carry us all.

I work a lot, yet I don’t have much. I don’t have nice clothes. I don’t have a flat panel TV or even a large TV. All I have are “my spaces.” These spaces are just places in the house that I consider mine, for example the workbench or bar in our basement or the garage.

It’s so frustrating for me to not be able to get to my workbench because it’s overrun with my wife’s stuff (extra clothes, shoes, baby stuff etc.) or my kids toys. I spent the past few days cleaning everything. LI took my spaces back. As soon as I finished, the blob of toys and stuff started oozing back in. I got really angry. I felt disrespected. I yelled at everyone and told them as much. Then today, someone helped me realize something.

A deacon at our church gave a homily today on putting persons over things. I don’t consider myself a material person so I initially didn’t find the message very relatable, but then I realized something. I’m not very material, but I am territorial. For me “things” is “territory.”

My areas of the house may be mine, and its certainly okay for me to ask that they be kept clean and respected, but I needn’t get so angry when my wife and/or kids clutter them up. Everyone knows we won’t have gold or television in Heaven and I’m sure there won’t be any garages or workbenches either (maybe one for St. Joseph), but God willing, my family will be there eventually. God knows what’s important. I pray that He helps me to see how much more important my family is than “my spaces.”

To my Mother Mary,
I love you so very much. But I admit I struggle having the kind of devotion to you that so many of the saints did. I think it may be my inability to give myself to someone else unconditionally. It’s hard for me to give of myself completely. I always have some armor on. I want to have a relationship with you—a relationship like you and St. John had. I want to be as open to you as Pope John Paul II was. But I need help taking my armor off.

I know you are the Queen Mother. You sit by your Son in heaven. You are my Mother. Please ask our Lord to open my armor and let you in. To free me of pride and fear and to help me grow in my relationship with you who are always pointing us to Christ.

Amen.

P.S. Happy Birthday!

As usual, my opinion on the matter is best summed up by quoting the Vatican.

“The Vatican office responsible for relations with Islam issued a stern statement saying every religion has the right to expect that its sacred books, places of worship and symbols will be respected and protected.

As much as I love my wife, she can really be frustrating at times. She seems to have this impression that she’s the only one who does anything. That all I do is sleep in, drink beer, and sit in my recliner. I sound horrible don’t I?

The problem is that it’s not true. I leave for work before she or the kids are even awake. I work 8-10 hours a day and drive another two hours a day. I cook whenever I get home in time. I help clean. I take turns getting up with the dogs and the kids in the middle of the night. I could go on, but my point isn’t to show how much I do, but to try and juxtapose reality against my wife’s perception of reality.

So, is she crazy? No. I believe there are two things going on. The first thing is that she does a lot–a whole heck of a lot. She’s a stay at home mom who also happens to home school our five kids. I think her daily life can often make her feel like she’s doing everything. And if she’s doing everything, I can’t be doing anything.

The other thing–and maybe the bigger issue–is me. I don’t think it’s really how much or little I do. I think she is reacting to my insensitivity to how much she does. In other words, maybe the real problem is that I’m not appreciative enough of what she does. I can assure you that I am very appreciative, but like most guys I need to learn how to show it better.

Lord please grant me the grace to better show my appreciation to my wife for all she does. I ask this through the intercession of St. Joseph. Amen.

Apparently this pastor and his congregation missed that message. Sickening.

“Today, a Christian pastor will hold the second service in a series bashing the planned Muslim community center in downtown New York City in a sign of increasing vocal anti-Islam rhetoric ahead of the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

‘When they decided to build a mosque and decided to preach what I consider a 1,400-year-old lie from Hell, I decided that somebody should be down there preaching the truth of God’s word,’ Florida pastor Bill Keller said over the weekend.

Although his first service was sparsely attended, Keller is not alone.

Another preacher, Terry Jones from the Dove World Outreach Center in Florida, is planning what he called ‘International Burn a Koran Day‘ which encourages people to set fire to the Islamic holy book ‘in remembrance of the fallen victims of 9/11 and to stand against the evil of Islam,’ according to a Facebook page dedicated to the event.”

Anti-Islam Rhetoric Heats Up Ahead of 9/11