Behind My Silence

Tales Of Nightingale Lynn

I haven’t written a post in a while.   Part of it is that I have been blank, not knowing what to offer, what to offer and the other part is that so much has been going on day-to-day, that before I know it, weeks have passed.

Since then, Memorial Day, remembering those who have given their lives for their country, those that continue to fight for our freedom today, and then I ask the question, “Where is the strength of Our Military today”? Where is the platform to support all those who have died to give us what we have left of freedom.

I won’t finish this post tonight, it will take me a few days, but the bottom line”, Where is the platform for Patriotism” today?

American Flag PatriotismWe have groups that form and demonstrate their views as “I feel” many are sitting on the sidelines. I find myself dreaming with visions of an uprising of patriot American citizens fighting for what Americans are afraid being taken away little by little.

Then a passage came to me through prayer and written by Blessed Henry Suso. Ironic this is on the day of the memorial of Saints, and a certain man remembered by many; Muhammad Ali. Yes he was Muslim, yes, but his view on life was what I wish it could be for many of those throughout the world, those who wish to rule by power, not love, fighting everyone and everything!

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Tear It Out, Cut It Off: by Blessed Henry Suso
He who evaluates suffering at its true worth much accepts it from God as a precious gift. (Muhammad Ali accepted his disease of Parkinson). He refused to be imprisoned by a disease that eventually took his life.
Ah, there is many a man, formerly a child of eternal death and slumbering in sin, who has been revived and roused to a holy life by suffering.
There is many a wild animal and untamed bird that is trapped by continual suffering as in a cage – if someone provided it with the time and opportunity, how quickly it would escape from its eternal bliss!
Suffering guards men against grave falls; it gives a man self-knowledge, makes him firm toward himself and compassionate toward his neighbor. Suffering preserves the soul in humility, teaches patience, guard’s purity, and brings the crown of eternal salvation.
It is practically impossible that suffering does not benefit a man in some way, whether he is yet in the state of sin, is just converted, making progress, or already arrived at perfection, because it scours the iron, purifies the gold, and embellishes the precious stones. Suffering takes away sin, shortens purgatory, drives away temptations, quenches carnal desire, and renews the spirit. It brings true confidence, a pure conscience, and an unwavering courage.
Be convinced that it is a wholesome drink, and the most beneficial herb of all paradise. It mortifies the body, which is destined to rot anyway, but nourishes the precious soul, which is to endure eternally, suffering gives a man wisdom and experience. A man who has not suffered, what does he know? Suffering draws and forces people to God, whether they like it or not. Joy and sorrow, friend and foe assist him who suffers cheerfully.[/message]

I hope with all my heart that this world will awaken before it is too late to do anything else. Life is too short and one can choose to be kind, giving and make a difference, or not. To all the military men and women past, present and to come, thank you for your service, and how one who believes in the goodness of life as Muhammad did, despite his suffering, he was grateful to those who served. Life is open to choices and faith in God who governs everything.

Lynn Forrester-Pitocco
Lynn Forrester-Pitocco
LYNN is Retired from Law Enforcement as a Police Officer, with a background in nursing and previously a member of the Search and Rescue Team with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, A retired member of the Orange Police Department, she became the first female SWAT member on an elite team while becoming a member of the Olympic Shooting Team during the early years on the department. A mother and a grandmother, a devout Catholic who currently resides in Houston, Texas. Her hobbies include writing, painting, and a contemplative prayer life. She is in love with her faith, but the love she carries for her two grown children and grandchildren who rest in her heart surpasses everything except her faith in God. Since retirement, Lynn has done private investigation, worked as a gang counselor with middle schools, A member of Bl. Mother Teresa’s Order called the (Lay Missionaries of Charity), she is also a pro-life advocate, often called upon to give testimony and speak to youth groups, as well as adult forums. She has published a children’s book entitled “The Children’s Garden” and is currently working on two additional children’s books. She is currently working on the major one focused on her experience in Law Enforcement entitled “Heels and a Badge”. (copyright). Her paintings and sketches, writings, can be viewed on her Pinterest boards (click on the Pinterest ICON below). Her dream is to one-day write a movie for Hallmark. Dreams do come true … See Lynn’s entire collection of thought-provoking Articles by clicking on her byline. Lynn is a contributing author to the inspiring book Chaos to Clarity: Sacred Stories of Transformational Change.
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Jane Anderson
Jane Anderson

Dear Lynn, every day for the past couple weeks I wondered, where is Lynn? I’m with you on this. The deterioration of patriotism has,a lot to do with pride. Not selfless pride or pride in country or pride in moral integrity but selfish pride that thrives on entitlement and selfish pride that insists on misdirected tolerance. Thank you for sharing your heart on such a sensitive topic.

Danny Pitocco

All who serve or have served albeit the military or law enforcement have learned to be “quiet professionals” who do their duty without need for fanfare. They only need support!

Thanks for saying what needs to be said Nightingale.

Ken Vincent
Ken Vincent

I’ve never been a big fan of pain and suffering, Lynn. While your theory that suffering can, and does turn some toward God, I suspect there are also many that it turns away from God. We have all heard it said that “if there is a God, then why would he/she let that child have cancer….”? I’m not saying that theory is right, but the reality is that it does exist.

Suffering is simply a fact of human and animal life. Both physical and emotional. We have all had a dose or two of it and will likely have more.

I certainly agree on two of your points. One, that our freedom is being chipped away at, notably by those sworn to protect it. Second, that those men and women serving in the military, and as first responders domestically get far less support and appreciation than is due them. Shame on us.



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