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?
We 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.