I recently repurposed as a necklace the crucifix from a rosary my children snapped to pieces.
The chain is from back in college. While I was in Protestant Bible college I bought a cross necklace with the words "man of God, pursue Christ" engraved on the back. I wore it most of the time.
Upon returning home (because college is expensive and I ran out of money haha) my step father remarked that I looked like a Catholic with that cross necklace (a derogatory statement in my iconoclastic Baptist home).
Now, years later, that chain is adorned by a genuine Catholic crucifix with a Saint Benedict medal, blessed by my priest and sanctified through hours of prayer.
I am amazed by how this single object seems to embody so much of my spiritual journey since high school.
As I was standing in line to vote with the rabble of Cleveland, OH, and as a godless DJ was blaring autotuned crap music in front of a boarded up church with beautiful architecture, and with the Antifa/BLM "Election Protection" idiots pacing back and forth, I thought: "Are these steaming masses creating or destroying? Are they pursing virtue and greatness?" My conclusion: The elite don't call them useful idiots for nothing...
#GospelToday (Lk 12:35-38)
"Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master's return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.
Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them. And should he come in the second or third watch and find them prepared in this way, blessed are those servants."
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Explanations from the introduction
Let us remain very far from all that sparkles; let us love our littleness; let us love to feel nothing. Then we shall be poor in spirit, and Jesus will come to look for us, and however far we may be, He will transform us in flames of love.
— St. Thérèse of Lisieux
from a letter to her oldest sister Marie, September 17, 1896
‘Michigan Is Now Unlocked’: State Supreme Court Strikes Down Emergency Powers Law
The MI Supreme Court on Fri struck down a 1945 law that Gov Gretchen Whitmer (D) has been using to keep the state locked down since April.
Whitmer has repeatedly extended a “state of emergency” for the past several months and pointed to a World War II-era law to do so, most recently lengthening it until October 27.
But today, the basis for the ongoing lockdown was ruled unconstitutional.
MICHIGAN: The governor does not have authority under either of the state’s emergency statutes to continue the coronavirus state of emergency, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled 4-3 today
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