Are you condemning evil or contributing to it?

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We MUST speak out against clear evil. We always must, even if it upsets people and even when no one wants to hear it; however, we must resist another related evil.
We must resist the evil that is seeing ourselves as holy and upright because we boldly and bravely condemn evil.

We must not fall prey to the temptation to be cruel and malign other sinners simply because we are not guilty of the sin they commit. We must not give in to the temptation to purposefully be offensive because we believe anti-political correctness a virtue. Rudeness is not of God. His followers are meek and kind, full of grace.

Do not accept the truth in such a way that it allows Satan to sit between your heart and the truth, distorting the message turning you bitter, hateful, and arrogant. Satan doesn’t fear you having the truth. He fears you disseminating it with charity and compassion, for who would be turned from that truth?

Yes, we must have compassion. Compassion is not “being nice” or “not being offensive” but to suffer with someone. It is co-suffering. You cannot suffer with someone whom you do not know or with whom you have not spent any time. You cannot co-suffer with someone whom you are busy wounding.

The Pharisee did not mistake Jesus for condoning the sin of the sinners with which he spent time, and likewise you to can go out as salt and light preaching a message of truthful love and understanding. No one is converted by prideful grandstanding and vitriolous judgement.

Beat your chest before the chests of other wounded sinners, “mea culpa, mea maxima culpa!”

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A few Catholic memes….

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From me to you, a little humor. Be sure to follow me on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Etsy, for the latest podcast episodes, art prints, and catholic blurbs!

 

 


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Why we’re all so depressed

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A day hardly goes by where we do not see great tragedy which finds its locus in unchecked mental illness: suicide, abuse, neglect. In every story, we find a suffering soul, someone who has been so unlucky or ignored that it makes sense to all why they did what they did, but how can this be? Of course, these great evils have always been with us, but why are they so much more prevalent, now? Why are so many more people depressed than ever before? Hardly anyone could disagree that more people are depressed than ever before, in history.

Some might say that this rise can be attributed to a greater awareness of depression, loss of stigma, and wider definition, and that may be some of it. It would be truly, willful blindness, to ignore the fact that, with the rise of atheism and secularism, more people feel life is meaningless and purposeless. After all, when all of life is a quest to gain as much pleasure as possible before taking the “big dirt nap”, who wouldn’t get a little defeated sometimes?

Man has forgotten the power of redemptive suffering, and thusly, he has succumbed to the lie of meaningless suffering. No suffering need ever be meaningless, as it can be united with Christ’s passion.

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We never seek to cause suffering, but we can use unavoidable suffering for good. I can take the great pain that I feel from the recent loss of my grandfather, and offer it, that God might use it for some good, that He might use it to soften someone’s heart. I may never know of the good that is done in a specific way, but with my faith in the goodness of God, I know that he has done something merciful and just with my offering.

I juxtaposed the experience of the recent death of my grandfather, with my experience of the death of my mother while I was an atheist. I remember being saddened and hardened. This great injustice had come into my life, and it all meant nothing. The only good that would come from this was nothing, so far as I could see. I became very interiorly despaired and soon, depressed. How could I not? I was suffering the loss of my mother, who I expected I would never see again, and the suffering was for nothing!

The experience this time, grieving has been infinitely more peaceful. My pain has been eased knowing that my grandfather awaits me, along with my mother. They are not gone. If anything they are closer to me than ever via the communion of saints. My pain at his loss, I offer for God’s will in my life and the life of my children. I know it all can be utilized and nothing is for naught. I need never despair again!

The loss of redemptive suffering is great, for that is a key component of the Good News! Unite your suffering with Christ’s, today. Now! Offer it for God’s will, and He will never disappoint. He is a Father who cannot be outdone in generosity.

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If the Biblical characters had Twitter…

For me, there is no better way than humor, to learn and share the faith. I give you my favorite imagined tweets from the Bible characters. Check the time stamps and handles, especially! I tried my very best. Look for more Bible Tweets, in the future! Be sure to share and subscribe so you don’t miss them!

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Bible Tweets by Rosalie Contrite

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This Catholic Life Sound Quality Improved

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This Catholic Life is definitely here to stay, at least for a while, so steps have been taken to much improve the sound quality of the guests and myself. The sound changes are effective starting in episode #11.

I hope if you had been irritated or displeased by the quality before, that you will give it another chance!

Thank you for all of the support and always feel free to write me at RosalieContrite@BreadBoxMedia.com

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