Friday, July 2, 2021

Life, Liberty, and Baby Birds

Poor Dead Baby Bird 

After a storm, a dead baby bird lay in the grass, naked, twisted, dead to the world. The winds the night before were too strong for the mother to protect her baby.  They were both vulnerable and helpless to the power of the storm.

The baby bird came from a little egg, maybe the egg was a beautiful blue.  The mother took care to sit, hatch and feed the innocent creature but destruction came and destroyed the life.  

Think, Choose, and Love

In 2nd grade, the Catholic Church teaches the children that we are made in the image and likeness of God.  What does that mean?  We are rational souls because we can think, choose, and love. What makes us different than, say a dog?  Dogs can most certainly love, and somewhat think, but they don't really get to choose.  The owner feeds them, takes them on a walk, ties them up and so on.  The can't really choose because God gave us dominion over the animals of the Earth.  

Free Will and Our Purpose

Since we have rational thinking, we have free will.  We have to make decisions every day that effect our lives and others lives.  The freedom of choice is a wonderful thing!  The United States of America has to be blessed by God because he wants for us all the freedoms available so we can freely choose him.  Each and every decision we make has a consequence, good or bad.  We do not live in isolation but as community.  Respecting others and their freedoms is also key to living in community.

How do we view our freedom to choose?  Are we concerned only about our little bubble? Are we compassionate to take care to protect the baby bird and rescue it from the storm?  Sometimes we don't know the baby bird is in trouble, so do we take care to clean up after the storm?  Each of is made in the image of God.  He made each of us for a purpose.  The first purpose is to be born in a world with others. The other purpose, as we also teach the 2nd graders, is to know, love and serve God.  To know God is to also find your specific purpose here during this lifetime so you can love and serve God and others.  When you live a life of purpose, you can live a life of abundant joy.

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Our forefathers in this country had it right when they wrote that we have the right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of happiness.  To live, be free, and be a joy to yourself and others is truly what God intended.  Let us be born, truly live, choose wisely and let freedom ring.


"The Lord called me from birth, from my mother's womb, he gave me my name."  Isaiah 49:1

"I give you thanks because I am fearfully and wonderfully made."  Psalm 139:14

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Simple Country Catholic: Bee Happy

Simple Country Catholic: Bee Happy: How can we be happy when the world around us is in chaos? People are divided, cruel, and argumentative. What do we do when there's no ci...

Bee Happy

How can we be happy when the world around us is in chaos?

People are divided, cruel, and argumentative.

What do we do when there's no civility, love and we fear for our safety?

We look to the bees...

Every bee has a role and knows their place.  One of the jobs is to guard the hive entrance and guide the field bees back home.  The bee will stay at the entrance and if a bee from another colony lands, they will allow her in if she has food, but will not allow her to pass if she does not.  The guard bee will also raise her rear end and fan the hive scent to the field bees to help guide them back home.

We should guard our hearts and minds like the bee guards her hive entrance.  What do we allow in? Do we invite discourse and chaos or do we block it?  Do we engage in civility or allow ourselves to lose our temper?

Allow us to follow the hive scent of our Lord.  He calls us back to the smell of his Sacred Heart.  There we rest in his peace and love.  The harmony of his hive is where we can truly BEE happy.


Hive entrance




"Happy the people whose God is the Lord."  Psalm 144:15


Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Simple Country Catholic: Moo Moo Prayers

Simple Country Catholic: Moo Moo Prayers: Last week my neighbor was weaning her calves.  Three days straight, night and day, we heard the cries of the mothers and calves in their sep...

Moo Moo Prayers

Last week my neighbor was weaning her calves.  Three days straight, night and day, we heard the cries of the mothers and calves in their separation.  Got me thinking about prayer.

Oh those pathetic moos...

It hit me "that's exactly how I sound when I pray!"  "God, why did this happen, give me this, Jesus, why can't you heal this person, Holy Spirit, I need your wisdom"...mooooo, mooooo, mooooo.  My pathetic wailings and ramblings sound like those cows.

Even though my 'moos' may be annoying to me, they are never to God. He tells us to 'moo' to him.   

 "...pray continually" 1 Thessalonians 5:17

"Whatever you ask for in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith."                                            Matthew 21:22  

"Ask, and it will be given you, seek, and you will find, knock and the door will be opened for you.  For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to who knocks it will be opened."        Matthew 7:7-8

"Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God."  Philippians 4:6-7

Those are just verses from the top of my head. I'm sure there's plenty more that's in the Good Book.  He WANTS to hear from us. God, the Almighty, cares about us, every little thing we care about, He cares about.  

He answers our 'moos.'  Not always in the way we want because he knows a better way.  Just recently I've had a HUGE prayer answered.  My prayer of mooing has turned into a prayer of thanksgiving that sounded like the song of a beautiful bird. 

Peace in prayer

Now the mama cows and calves have calmed down. They are weaned and a sound of peace and quiet is in the air. I can't count how many times I feel a supernatural peace when I come out of prayer. Peace is a gift of the Holy Spirit.  We can always use that gift.

Psalm 131:1-2 "My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me.  But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child I am content."

So offer up those moo moo prayers, God cares for you.


Me and the cows

Have you recently had a prayer answered? Don't forget to sing a songbird prayer of thanksgiving.


Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Simple Country Catholic: Un-Civil War

Simple Country Catholic: Un-Civil War: A side effect of the Covid-19 pandemic will be a civil war. Not a war fought with guns, but with words. It is an 'uncivil' war. ...

Un-Civil War

A side effect of the Covid-19 pandemic will be a civil war.

Not a war fought with guns, but with words.

It is an 'uncivil' war.  The rotten fruit of social media has ripened.  Everyone has their opinion (like me) on what everyone else should or should not be doing.  I'm guilty.  The battle ground is on all social media outlets, blogs, news stations and the like.

Jesus warns us brother against brother but I thought that was about the faith, not a virus.  Uncivility towards neighbor wounds the soul.

Words of war:

Wear a mask, don't wear a mask.
Vaccinate now, i'm not taking a vaccine.
Open up, stay closed.
Test me, don't test me.
My research is the correct one, no mine is.
It's about being pro-life, no, it's about freedom.

Satan loves division.

Are you guilty of dividing God's people?  Is your opinion really contributing to the betterment of mankind?  Opinions don't have to be in the form of your own written words, but sharing memes, liking comments, or spewing your opinion in anyway.  Yes, you should be informed and make your own decisions.  However, opinions are like belly buttons, everyone has one (someone pointed out to me the kind way to say that).

People are upset, I get it.  America is the greatest country in the world because we are based on freedom, God's total will for us is to freely choose.   Our freedoms have been limited these days and it's frustrating.  We do not have control and there's really little we can do about it. It's good some people are questioning how much is too much.  Ranting on social media isn't productive. Contact the people that can make a difference.

As I sit back with my bowl of popcorn and observe I have come up with these two questions:

What is it you are really fearing?
Can you allow yourself to suffer?


Fear

Death is scary, it is unknown.  Rightly justified to fear it.  Seeing loved ones die or the thought of dying yourself is a great cause for anxiety.  As Christians, we are taught to not fear death, embrace it, something better is after this life.  Martyrs across the timespan of the faith walked bravely to their deaths.  Tertillian said "the death of the martyrs is the seed of the faith."  Jesus rose FROM THE DEAD to show us he's the real deal.  There is a heaven.  I feel like we forget heaven. We get caught up in this world and live for this world when we are not made for this world.

Or maybe your fear is the loss of freedoms? Every day something we never dreamed of being taken away is being reported.  There is no consistency in what is allowed and not allowed. People are making up things as they go along.  It's to the point of ridiculousness.  Guess what, we don't have control.  Our freedom is under attack from this virus.  The freedom we still have is to choose how we react to it. Are you respectful to those who have to make these difficult decisions?  Or are you jerk who just flies off the handle adding to the uncivil discourse?  This verse provides me comfort.

"Do not love the world or the things in the world. If any one loves the world, love for the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father but is of the world.  And the world passes away, and the lust of it, but he who does the will of God abides for ever." 1 John 2:15-17

Maybe along the lines of questioning fear is do you trust?  Do you trust that God will provide for your family if you pass away? Do you trust that you will go to heaven if you lived a life worthy of heaven?

I recently started keeping bees.  The first thought of being around the little stingers caused me fear.  The more I studied, I realized there's nothing to fear if you approach them correctly.  Gear up in your beesuit, be gentle with your movements, and smoke them if you open the hive.  I now sit next to the hive unsuited and can watch them buzz in and out of the hive for hours.  I have no fear. If I get stung, I'll only suffer a little.  I will be sad because my sweet bee will have gone to her death thinking I was going to harm her (they only get one sting and they die).  The point is I have conquered my fear.

Prudence my sweet bee.
The world will go on without you.  Your family will go on living.  Maybe now is the time to ask yourself what will I have left for the world?  A better place or a complete mess?  Maybe it is the time to ask yourself what is it that I really believe?  What is is that I truly fear?

Immunity 

Since this is my blog, I'm contributing to the 'uncivil' war I'll assert my opinion on the virus.

It is my humble, doesn't really matter, opinion that we are under reporting the survivability of this virus.  I'm sorry for those that have died.  It is sad and unfortunate.  If you are a survivor of the virus, you will have suffered.  Are we afraid of suffering a sickness? Mind you, I don't want to suffer this!!  It seems our culture has a pill or vaccine for everything that we don't even want to suffer from a common cold.

Remember the chicken pox?  I had my friend come over and play with me when I was little so she could 'catch it'.  I have a degree in Community Health Education  (now it is called Public Health). By no means does this make me an expert, but I have studied health. Immunology 101 says to expose yourself to a little bit of the virus to build up immunity.  That's the idea of vaccinations.  In my humble, doesn't really matter opinion...vaccinations are a good idea BUT we have to be careful with them.  A true vaccine is fine. However I question pharmaceutical vaccines: is the vaccine made with aborted baby parts (yes, it is a thing)? Are there preservatives (like mercury) or any other added-in chemicals that could cause serious side effects?  How well was it tested?  Not trying to be a conspirator, but these are actions from the past that we need to look at before we mass vaccinate.  If we are nation of freedom, we also have to respect those that choose not to take the vaccine.

The most natural way to vaccinate yourself is to expose yourself a little to the virus.  Guess what, if you do, you probably will get it.  If you are someone with a weakened immune system I wouldn't recommend it.  Just like the chicken pox, it is highly contagious.  My husband 'had' terrible seasonal allergies.  He went through the series of weekly shots to try build up his immunity to pollen.  It wasn't effective.  About 4 years ago he started taking local bee pollen.  It exposes his immune system to little bits of the 'enemy' so they know what defenses 'antibodies' to create to kill the enemy.  It's natural (also another reason we decided to keep our own bees) and proved to be highly effective. In order for this virus to go away, we all might have to expose ourselves to it.

Suffering

Why do I bring all of this immunity/vaccinations up? Because we will have to suffer if we are to be around people.  We will have to chance ourselves that we might get sick.  We can live up in a hole for only so long because we were made to be social.

Can you suffer? How well do you suffer?  Some people are suffering from isolation, some are suffering from their favorite meal at a restaurant, from church, from seeking other medical care, from unemployment, from not being able to visit family, from being denied so many things we take for granted.

How well do you suffer? Do you complain and moan? Assert your opinion?  Or are you a saint who embraces every suffering that comes your way?

Our Lady of Lourdes said to St. Bernadette "I cannot promise you happiness in this world, only in the next."

I once written a blog titled "Redemptive Suffering" (you can search it).  As Catholics we are called to offer up every sufferings as a prayer to God.  We unite our sufferings with Christ's sufferings.  I really HATE wearing a mask but I will offer it up if means that is my access to attend Church.  I really HATE the idea that I have to wear a mask because others who think differently than me. As an act of charity, I will offer it up and wear the mask so that it helps others feel safe and protected from the virus.  These are little sufferings.

Yes, I'm a hypocrite

In inserting my opinion on my little blog, just adds fuel to the fire.  I'm as guilty as contributing to the 'uncivil' war as anyone.  My hope and prayer is that one person will read this and ask themselves what do I fear? how can I conquer it? how well do I suffer?...because we have and will all suffer from this virus in some way.

If you or I catch the virus, I pray that we will not fear death and our sufferings we would endure will be embraced and united with Christ's sufferings on the Cross.  Help us Lord, endure the sufferings imposed on us during this pandemic. Amen.

"Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is the Church."  Colossians 1:24


What do you fear? Can you suffer well?