Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Dear ISIS: Believe it or not...

Saints Joachim and Anne

Dear ISIS,
Believe it or not, I'm praying much harder for you than for the Servant of God, whom you murdered, Father Jaques Hamel. He has earned his place in Heaven. You, on the other hand, have not. In fact, if you don't repent immediately, I shudder to think what will happen to your souls. Please do NOT tell me you represent Islam. Please do NOT bother to tell me you're "Muslims." Because you're not. You are, in fact, cowardly, and, to quote Pope Francis, "absurd." Absurd, cowardly, and a shame to God's creation. Which is why I'm praying for you with much more vigor than I'm praying for Father Hamel. You need prayers much more than he does. Here's a tip: repent...and quickly. May God continue -- and, incredibly, He does, and may I, through His grace, emulate Him -- show you mercy.

In the Name of Jesus Christ,


Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Inappropriate Behavior. (And no, I'm not talking about these job-seekers.)

See these people? They're looking for a job.

In my many years in business, people have looked to me for a job. Some I've hired, and gladly. Some I've hired..and maybe not so gladly, but I figured, let's give 'em a chance.

Some I've said: "No, but thank you for asking.

Never have I said: "No, because you're a @#$@@, a @#@&, or a @##*&." Nor have I ever said, to them to or to others: "Hah! She's got wrinkles!" Or "Hey, he's got weird hair!"

Here are two people who are asking you for a job. And yes, it's an important one. You have the choice of saying "yes," or "no thank you."

You also have, because this is (still) a free country, to tell either one to go bleep themselves.

I hope you don't, though.

I hope you examine each of their assets. Each of their liabilities. I hope you keep in mind that — no matter how you feel about either one of them — each one really wants this job.

And I hope that you'll give both of them the courtesy of considering their applications with all seriousness, with all thoughtfulness....and above all? With all charity.

Will you hire either of them? That's up to you. You don't have to hire either one. Don't you get it? You're in charge here. If you'd rather pass on both? That's you're prerogative. Don't let anybody tell you that not to hire one, is to hire the other one. That's bull.

You have the right to, for example, write in someone else on hiring day. Do you understand that? I hope so.

Now let's get to the point.

You do NOT have the right to be unkind — whether on social media, or with your children, or with your friends, or with your family — to either one of these people. You may think you have the right to do so, but you don't. You, believe it or not, are not perfect. [Gasp...yes I know...but it's true. Live with it and try to improve yourself before trying to do so to others. You know...the splinter? The plank? Hey, I knew you'd get it!]

You can do this...I know you can.

Whatever your decision? You can pray for each of these candidates.

And you can refrain from the unkind things you may have been saying about either one. And don't tell me, fellow Christians, about the spiritual works of mercy, okay? I'm very familiar with them. If you think one or the other or both is sinning? Why, for Heaven's sake, tell them so! With charity...not with hatred.

Okay, so you've had your spanking...

...and trust me: it hurt me more than it hurt you. And do you know why? Because I've been just as guilty as you've been!

So let's make a pact here:

Let's get about the real business of living in this world. Let's work really hard to get each other into Heaven!

May God continue to bless you!