Concern for the Poor is Gospel: Face Facts, U.S. Conservatives-Some of your political ideologies aren’t very Christian!

Hey U.S. Conservatives!  Some of your political ideologies are not Christian!  Says Who?  The Pope!  That’s who….

Every morning, before I even get out of bed, I check my iPhone.  I check my email.  I look at the local newspapers website.  Then I look at the global news on another site that I won’t mention here.  That was when I saw it.  All I could say was, “What????”

Pope Says Concern for Poor is Gospel, not Communism

Why would the Holy Father even have to state that?  Then I saw the beginning of the second paragraph…

“Some U.S. conservatives….”

That explained it all!!!

For those not familiar with “U.S. Conservatives”, here is my explanation:

U.S. Conservatives, which are primarily members of the Tea Party and the Republican Party, do not believe in taxation, large government, or social reform that benefits the poor/elderly/etc.  They gravitate towards segregation of groups; immigrants vs. naturalized Americans, poor vs. wealthy, Americanized Christianity vs. any group that does not agree with them.

U.S. Conservatives tout themselves as devout Christians.  And I even see individuals at Church with Tea Party bumper stickers on their cars.  But they have an Americanized idea of what Christianity is.  They take Christian faiths (Methodist, Catholic, etc) and twist them to justify their greed and bigotry.

So why would they say that about the Pope?  In their narrow mindedness, he is a Liberal.  If Jesus Christ himself was standing before them, they would say they same about Him.*

I believe the problem is following the Gospels and truly caring about another individual that you don’t even know as much as you care about yourself is HARD!  You have to be giving.  You have to sacrifice.

So they have twisted Christianity.  They focus on abortion, while pushing the death penalty.  They focus on social injustices in other nations, while preventing social and economic equality in this nation.

To U.S. Conservatives, Christianity is the conservative interpretations of Christ’s teachings.

There is a word for that.  It is called Conservativism!  And U.S. Conservativism is fueled by pride, hate, and GREED!

My grandfather’s grandparents emigrated from Ireland.  He was a devote Catholic.  So much so, that he believed that there are human beings and then there are Protestants.

He would LOVE this Pope.  Why?

My grandfather followed the Gospel.  The rest of the Bible was just religious history.  The Gospels were what Jesus left of us.  Those are His teachings.  That is what a Christian is supposed to follow, to the best of their abilities, every single day.

Concern for Poor is not communism or socialism, it is not liberalism…



*-oops, I almost didn’t add this part!  I consider myself a liberal.  But in all fairness, even the Liberal parties see this Pope and previous Popes as too conservative (ideals on abortion, birth control, etc).  Political parties are concerned first with their politics and then with faith.  As a Christian, faith should always come first.  

1st Sunday of Advent: Our Role

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This morning I woke up and realized that I had turned off my alarm.  It was 6:46 am.  Mass starts at 7:30!

I jumped out of bed and rushed out the door.  When my dad asked where I was headed, I could barely form a sentence.  I did not want to miss Mass this morning.  Afterall, it is the first Sunday of Advent.

I know that this time of year is important, spiritually.  And I am in much need of spiritual help.

Again this morning, Father Simon was officiating.  He is great!  He has a great sense of humor, but a talent of getting his message across.  As he was going through his homily, he talked about this being the season of love.  Why else would we go out on Black Friday and shop?  It is out of love for those we care about and getting them a present they will enjoy or cherish.  Then he started talking about the midnight Mass.  And then he stated that we all must have Jesus in us when Christmas comes or it all has no meaning.

He stated that we must become the Tabernacle.  We must carry Our Lord within us.

To do this, we must do as the Lord commands.  We must help the needy (and not just dump what we do not use anymore on the poor…afterall, they have dignity too!).  We must be the peacekeepers.  And that does not mean we have to bring about world peace, but help bring peace within our families, our social groups (co-workers, etc), and our communities.

And if we do not do it today, we can try again tomorrow and the next day and the next.  We can keep trying until we finally do it.  It is alright.  And why is that?  Jesus loves us!  And the Advent season is about love!

On the Eve of Advent

It has been quite a while since I posted.  Working takes a lot out of a person.  But I know that I can get through this, thanks to Our Lord.

But it has been hard lately.  I am human and have my moments of doubt.  On Thanksgiving, I prayed for our youngest cat.  Long story short, she got lose in a bunch of blackberries and would not come out.  After a couple hours, we got to her and brought her home.

So today, I knelt before the Lord before morning Mass and thank Him.  I had my doubts that we would find her.  I had doubts about my job.  I have doubts about if the Lord hears me and if He cares.  It upsets me terribly.

But something wonderful happened today.

During the homily, Father asked all of us what we thought Jesus would say to each of us, if he was standing before us.  My first thoughts were about what I have done wrong: my lack of faith, my anger issues, my swearing…I kept thinking that Jesus would be questioning what I have done in my life.  What Father said brought a tear to my eye…

Jesus would say, “I love you”.

I tear up just writing this.  I always forget that Jesus does love me.  I think that is where all the doubt comes from.  I forget that Jesus loves me.  And it is unconditional!  If I sin, then I just have to say, “Forgive me, Lord”.  If I did not sin or had my prayers answered (or not answered), then I just say, “Thank you, Lord”.

Jesus would say, “I love you”.

Dealing with Depression and Trying to Stay Faithful

This is just a quick note of sorts.

The last year and a half have been very difficult.  I tried to get back into the swing of things with church.  I did not like being around large groups of people and my faith was all over the place.  I lost my job that I had for 11 years.  After nearly a year of being unemployed, I finally started getting interviews but no call backs.  I prayed to God, I begged God, I cried and cried and cried to God.  Nothing was happening.  Depression set in!

I had prayed, before losing my job, to not be a burden to my family during my unemployment.  Money was tight and got tighter.  I spent most days crying.  I did not want to even get out of bed.  Then I prayed for a job, the right job.  I told God that I would leave it up to Him, since he knows what is best for me.  I still applied for employment but nothing.  I became more and more depressed.

I asked God “why?”  Why am I still here?  Why should I even try?  Why should I care?  Why was I ever born?  I wanted to know why would He let me be a burden to my family.  Then I changed what I prayed for…

I prayed for God to stop putting this on my family.  I prayed that, if anyone was to suffer for my being unemployed, it should be me that suffers.  I asked God to let me suffer, not my family!

I was still depressed.  I decided to try harder with my business that is virtually non-existent.  I got a small sale.  It made me feel a little better.  Then I noticed that the Catholic Ladies Relief Society is having a craft fair at the end of October.  I decided to ask my brother for the money for a spot.  Then I got another sale.  I could pay my half of the fees myself (with my sister-in-law paying her half).  Then I started really working on pieces for the fair when I got some more sales.  I could buy supplies to make more items.  And that was when it happened.

I saw an ad for a job at my bank.  I had applied for a few teller positions, but no calls after the interviews.  I figured “what the heck! I’ll apply.”  After sending my resume and filling out an application online, I had to finish a questionaire to fill out.  It was late and, after awhile, I realized that it was 165 questions!  I almost stopped, but finished it anyway.

I got a call for phone interview.  Then I got a call for a face to face interview.  Then I got THE call, sort of…they would have to complete a background check.  That did not go smoothly.  I missed one link.  I missed a phone call.  But I got the job.

I officially start on the first of October.  It has good pay.  It is not full-time, which gives me time to work on my business more.  And I get benefits!  It is perfect for me!  But God already knew that.

Favorite Passages from the Gospels

It has been one of those weeks where my brain is on overload.  So either I have a million ideas or my mind goes blank.  I am in blank mode right now.

So I decided to share passages from the Gospels.  It is the one that really resonated with me from the moment that I read it.  When I think of what I should do as a Christian, this is what I think of…but I am not perfect.  I have stumbled many times.  But I get up and keep trying.


“…For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’  Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?  When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?  When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’  And the king will say to them in reply,  ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’…”

Matthew 25:35-40


With everything in the world, what is really important?  Siding with Israel or Palestine?  Whether or not Charlize Theron is engaged to Sean Penn?  Or whether or not the Republicans can gain control of the US Senate or can the Democrats keep it?

What is wrong is seeing those that are in desperate need or living on the fringe of society AND doing nothing to help them…


“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels…Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty of a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’  He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’  And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

Matthew 25:41,44-46



Reading the Bible

Alright, I have to admit that I had an idea for a post and then decided against it.  So what should I talk about?

I do not like to read.  It goes back to when I was a kid in grade school.  So I decided that this year, I would read the entire Bible.  I am glad that I read the New Testament first.  If I had read the Bible from beginning to end like a normal person, I would likely not get to the New Testament at all.

I am on the Book of Judges.  It was like pulling teeth to get to that point.  A lot of what I read was repeating what was already written.  I think I have read about which tribes of Israel got which areas of the promise land and which cities about three times.  Women are not treated really well.

Deflower a woman outside the city and she is yours if you pay her father.  Then the man can never divorce her.  Whoa!  Made me think about the movie “Dogma” where Selma Hayek’s character, a muse, said the whole Bible is gender biased.

Then I remembered what my dad told me.  He was raised a Catholic.  His father followed the Gospels and the New Testament, not the Old Testament.  And I can see why…

Yes, I will finish reading the Old Testament, but it is a history of God.  Through Jesus, we now have a new covenant to follow.  That is in the Gospels.




He Who is Without Sin…

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There has been a lot in the news about the whole Hobby Lobby ruling.  And I am not here to say that whether or not it was right or wrong.  This is a very touchy subject with many individuals.  But I am wondering if we are making discrimination excusable in the name of the Lord?

What do I mean?  Take the state of Mississippi for example.  On April 3, 2014, the governor signed a law that allows business to refuse service for “religious reasons”.  Many view this as a pass to refuse to serve the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender community.  Have you ever seen “The Help”?  Same state, different laws.  Many Christian businesses were very happy with the new law until they found out that not all Christian businesses were going to exercise their religious rights.

Some businesses started displaying a decal next to their doors that states, “We don’t discriminate.  If you’re buying, we’re selling.”  Now some of those who won their right to refuse service are saying that they are now being discriminated against.

I have an uncle who is gay.  I grew up with a family friend that was gay.  So what?  Are they sinning?  Bible says so.  If the Bible says they are sinners, does that allow me to pass judgment on them and discriminate them?  That is where a lot of Christians may come up with different answers.

I see discrimination as HATE.  I have been discriminated against.  I believe the fact that I am Catholic weighed against me for a job that I applied for.  I am also overweight, and many people think I am not capable of keeping up with the work load for some jobs.  It is hard.  It is an ugly aspect of society.  And it is wrong to do.

John’s Gospel explains it:

And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.-John 8:2-7


So again, are they sinning?  Bible says so.  Can I pass judgment and discriminate against them?  Well, am I without sin?