Yeah I don’t know why it didn’t hit me before… coincidence ..? Hm. I think it dawned on me at the beginning of July when I was doing my morning prayers, my St. Maximilian Kolbe consecration to Mary and July’s intercession is: “That resentments and anger may never stifle our ability to love.” Bam. Right smack in the middle of the Black Lives Matter/5 police shot in Dallas/the FBI overlooking Hillary’s shenanigans … ETC. Yeah. That. Being my obnoxious, opinionated, conservative, catholic self I have a hard time NOT saying anything. It’s hard to not get caught up in the political snarling debates, fiery posts attacking, actually, both candidates, and posting witty cutting un-merciful memes on Facebook. It’s hard to be kind because I am disgusted and discouraged by the state of our nation. It’s hard to be merciful to those who have differing opinions when it just feels like they are ruining the country with their division.
At times I just don’t want to be merciful… I am too angry and disappointed to ‘let it go” to “agree to disagree” I want to rant and rail… sigh. But as a Catholic in this Year of Mercy …. I need to step back and assess the situation.
So there’s mercy. Be merciful like the father. Luke 6:36. The logo for this year. Heck I may hate what the “other side” says. I may think they are wrongwrongwrong WRONG!!!! about so many issues. Case in point:
… I may think they are ruining this country. I may think the Founding Fathers are rolling over and over (and over!) in their graves …
but… Mercy. Be merciful like the Father … He forgave all of us (we all matter!!).
Though we may not like what others say or do… we need to show them mercy. Yeah, I know. Garshblamit. I don’t want to. I DON’T WANT TO! … It’s hard.
God is always asking me (you, us) to step out of that comfort zone and BE that kind, caring, compassionate, merciful Christian, especially when we don’t want to. (Especially when they are wrong about so many issues… .) He never said it would be easy… He actually said living this life would be hard and many people will despise us for it… but we don’t have to despise them back…
This is going to be challenging for me and I know I will blow it several times (wanting to post that funny, yet obnoxious meme that shows Hillary’s hypocrisy!) but I am going to TRY to be less me and more Him. Like the Father~ Merciful.
Yeah… I’m going to need a lot of prayers…
“Mercy is the force that reawakens us to new life and instills in us the courage to look to the future with hope.” Pope Francis.