The last couple of posts that I have written have been blogs about poking holes in the darkness and comparisons to the Light of Christ. Certainly I was trying to make a connection of the power that we hold within us to be just that, “the Light of Christ!”
Before beginning to write this morning, I found myself thinking of the many subjects on which I would want to express my thoughts. I also reflected on how blessed I am that Christine Watkins has given me this opportunity to be a voice for Christ and a voice for my Catholic faith.
I found my brain swimming in all the world events that have happened in the last couple of months with the pandemic but more so with the presidential election in the United States and the turmoil that has been the result of the mail-in ballots and the vote counts in each state.
As I pondered, on what to write about, I went to my go to place, the Word of God! This is what I opened up to. Jesus was clearly speaking through the Holy Spirit!
TRUTH AND LOVE
Yes, that’s the section I turned to in my Didache Bible, to be exact:
Truth and Love, 2 John – 4-11. It is worth spelling it out for you here within this writing:
I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children following the truth, just as have been commanded by the Father. And now I beg you, lady, not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning, that we love one another. And this is love, that we follow His commandments; this is the commandment, as you have heard from the beginning, that you follow love.
For many deceivers have gone out into the world, men who will not acknowledge the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh; such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. Look to yourselves, that you may not lose what you have worked for but may win a full reward. Any one who goes ahead and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God; he who abides in the doctrine has both the Father and the Son.
If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into the house or give him any greeting; for he who greets him shares his wicked work.”
When I began to read the scripture I was taken aback. Words popped out at me. Words like “I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children following the truth!” Hmm. . . those words were very telling in today’s world where we are finding ourselves hearing so many voices, including some that are leading us right off the cliff of untruth if we were to follow them verbatim!
St. John begs me in this reading of scripture, this Word of God, as I read the following:
“And now I beg you, lady, not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning, that we love one another.”
“And this is is love, that we follow His commandments; this is the commandment, as you have heard from the beginning, that you follow love.”
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
Reading the scripture above was the first part of the message being conveyed to me this morning so I set out on a journey that led me to my next stop. I was to review the Ten Commandments and see what lessons they would give me in this time of uncertainty.
I pondered the thought, too, whether I was to list all of them or just center mainly on the “New Commandment,” the one we have had from the beginning. I found, though, that when I read through each of the ten, love was woven through all of them like a ribbon threading them altogether. Yes, it certainly is the “Greatest Commandment,” and St. John of the Cross tells us that in the evening of our lives, we shall be judged on love.
1. I AM THE LORD THY GOD: THOU SHALT NOT HAVE STRANGE GODS BEFORE ME.
COMMANDS: faith, hope, love, and worship of God; reverence for holy things; prayer.
FORBIDS: idolatry; superstition; spiritism; tempting God; sacrilege; attendance at false worship.
2. THOU SHALL NOT TAKE THE NAME OF THE LORD THY GOD IN VAIN.
COMMANDS: reverence in speaking about God and holy things; the keeping of oaths and vows.
FORBIDS: blasphemy; the irreverent use of God’s name; speaking disrespectfully of holy things; false oaths and the breaking of vows.
3. KEEP THE SABBATH HOLY.
COMMANDS: going to church on Sundays and holy days of obligation.
FORBIDS: missing church through one’s own fault; unnecessary servile work on Sunday and holy days of obligation.
4. HONOUR THY FATHER AND THY MOTHER.
COMMANDS: love; respect; obedience on the part of children; care on the part of parents for the spiritual and temporal welfare of their children; obedience to civil and religious superiors.
FORBIDS: hatred of parents and superiors; disrespect; disobedience.
5. THOU SHALT NOT KILL.
COMMANDS: safeguarding of one’s own life and bodily welfare and that of others.
FORBIDS: unjust killing; suicide; abortion; sterilization; dueling; endangering life and limb of self or others.
6. THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY.
COMMANDS: chastity in word and deed.
FORBIDS: obscene speech; impure actions alone or with others.
7. THOU SHALT NOT STEAL.
COMMANDS: respect for the property or rights of others; the paying of just debts; paying just wages to employees; integrity in public office.
FORBIDS: theft; damage to the property of others; not paying just debts; not returning found or borrowed articles; giving unjust measure or weight in selling; not paying just wages; bribery; graft; cheating; fraud; accepting stolen property; not giving an honest day’s work for wages received; breach of contract.
8. THOU SHALT NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THY NEIGHOUR.
COMMANDS: truthfulness; respect for the good name of others; the observance of secrecy when required.
FORBIDS: lying; injury to the good name of others; slander; talebearing; rash judgment; contemptuous speech and the violation of secrecy.
9. THOU SHALT NOT COVET THY NEIGHOUR’S WIFE.
COMMANDS: purity in thought.
FORBIDS: willful impure thought and desires.
10. THOU SHALT NOT COVET THY NEIGHOUR’S GOODS.
COMMANDS: respect for the rights of others.
FORBIDS: the desire to take, to keep, or damage the property of others.
Again, I had to stay with the scripture I received this morning and place it in the current events of the day. I also had to question what I was being told that was right and true by the mainstream and media and even by good and holy Catholic people and religious.
Would I be living love or following love by believing that is it is okay to kill in the womb? The Fifth Commandment clearly states, “Thou Shalt Not Kill” does it not?
Yet, I am being told that there are other agendas that matter more. Somehow, I cannot grasp that concept in my soul and I believe St. John would clearly agree with me in that thinking.
So what do I do? What do you do?
WE CONTINUE TO BE TRUTH AND WE CONTINUE TO BE LOVE.
IT IS LOVE THAT WE ARE SHOWING TO THE UNBORN, TO THE ONES WHO WISH TO COME INTO THIS EARTHLY LIFE OF OURS.
IT IS LOVE WHEN WE ARE FIGHTING MAD AND STAND UP FOR THEM; TO BE THEIR VOICE IN A WORLD THAT IS DEAF TO TRUTH.
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER CABRINI
November 13th will be Mother Cabrini’s Feast Day. Below, Mother Cabrini speaks of the world being poisoned with erroneous theories and needs to be taught “sane doctrines.” We cannot get any clearer words or wisdom or directives. Sane. For it is insanity that tells us it is okay to take the life of the unborn or any other life that matters.
The world is poisoned with erroneous theories,
and needs to be taught sane doctrines, but it is difficult to straighten what has become crooked.
We must pray without tiring,
for the salvation of mankind does not depend upon material success,
but on Jesus alone.
I will go anywhere and do anything in order to communicate the love of Jesus
to those who do not know Him or have forgotten Him.
©2020 Anita Guariglia
Excerpts of Scripture – Didache Bible
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