You would be welcome in my home any day!! And no corner but a place of honor. :)
remembering the martyrs is a huge part of our daily lives. I too have often wondered if I would stand under pressure. So many martyrs went to their death, suffering horrible torture day after day without a word. Seriously, i would at least wail and scream. The stories that get me the most are the ones where the tortures used a persons children to get them to succumb. We have an icon of St Sofia and her three daughters. They told her to bow down or they would kill her daughter. I am afraid I would probably drop right then and there. But she says to her daughter "Be brave! You are about to meet your heavenly groom". What a role model! All three of her daughters were killed while she watched and then when she still refused to convert she was killed as well. Honestly, beat me, torture me slowly, feed me to lion I don't really care...but hurt my children? Could anything hurt more?
I have a really great book of children martyrs. What a blessing to their parents that would so bravely stick to their faith. many of them well aware of the trials they were about to face. How do I instill in my children that sort of absolute devotion to God?
Please keep praying for me friends. Christmas is really hard for me. I do not like sharing my kids with a sociopath. He has been on the war path today. He is controlling and manipulative. Today (as happens every year or so) he contacted my priest to try and use him to manipulate me. My priest is very wise and I am not concerned (I have his blessing and instruction to only contact ex in writing so as to avoid being manipulated and to avoid temptation to sin by being bitter and filled with anger ;-) he has a policy of not dealing with my ex unless it is crucially important to me or my children...nothing has come up) but my poor priest. He must tire of this drama. Pray for him as well. He is so dear to me and is one of the only people I am sure truly loves me. I hate that he gets dragged into this. On the up side, he perhaps knows more than anyone that I am not just creating drama or being whiny or uncooperative.
I am pretty sure I am starting a new job on Christmas morning (no worries. All I had planned was a massive pity party so being crazy busy and super focused is really SUCH a blessing), my high school is refusing to release my transcript because the woman is petty and vindictive (my request got lost in the mail or at the school. i am taking the high road and assuming it was the mail. She is assuming I am lying and just waited until the last minute.). All this stress is causing my irregular heartbeat to act up. Oh and my tenants are moving out which means I am $1000 short on income this month. AWESOME! and I may or may not be starting school in two weeks.
In other news....there really are bigger problems out there.
There has been a lot of talk about what happened in Connecticut this week. I just read this article and wanted to share it with you guys. It is really amazing.
Here are some highlights but it is really worth reading the whole thing.
Here is the link: