"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Monday, August 24, 2015

You learn something new everyday. The Duggar Family.



Who are the Duggars?

I may have heard of them.  I may have run across the name online - but I never paid any attention.

Then I came across a blog post mentioning the Duggar family in connection to the Ashley Madison hack.  I did hear about the Ashley Madison deal on the news - but I never paid any attention.

What does that have to do with anything?  I guess it's about not putting people on pedestals?  Projecting perfection upon so-called role models?  Then being scandalized when they maybe don't measure up?

Who does that?

I never put anyone on a pedestal ... can't do it anymore.

So anyway Poodles, a few words of advice for when the going gets tough:

"Never take a man for your example in the tasks you have to perform, no matter how holy he may be, for the devil will set his imperfections before you." - John of the Cross

"Perfection does not lie in the perfections the soul knows it has, but in the virtues our Lord sees in it. This is a closed book, hence one has no reason for presumption, but must remain prostrate on the ground with respect to self." - John of the Cross

“To be a witness does not consist in engaging in propaganda or even in stirring people up, but in being a living mystery; it means to live in such a way that one’s life would not make sense if God did not exist.” -Cardinal Emmanuel Célestin Suhard, Archbishop of Paris 1940-1949

It gets better.

8 comments:

  1. Over the years I've learned it's best to just keep my eyes on Christ, the Blessed Mother and the saints.

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    1. Me too - it's a struggle though. Which is why I said it gets better.

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  2. His parents knew all about his problems, at least with the teenagers (maybe not the adultery website) and they did that reality show anyway. It was sure to come out and they chose to expose their family to the whirlwind. One more reason to avoid celebrity. Terrible imprudence. How many people are seriously disillusioned because they put their trust in men?

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    1. Sounds like a reality TV show - which is why it was off my radar I guess.

      Imprudence - that is certain.

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  3. What a relief to have Saint John of the Cross remind us all, me especially, to rely on the Lord and not on man. I am relieved since I can now dismiss even more so-called "faithful" Catholic websites that claim to hold to the truth while bashing those of us whom they see as unfit.

    As these sites are of man, I am off the hook except with yours Terry. You are one of the most honest gentlemen I have ever met online.
    Thank you.

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    1. Thanks Yaya - but ...

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    2. No buts Terry ... like the rest of us, you forge on while encouraging the rest of us to do the same.

      That's what counts. I always learn something when I come to visit and I have yet to leave upset or discouraged. ^^

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  4. What a great collection of quotes.

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