Thursday, December 25, 2008

All I Want For Christmas Is Stripes
No... not THAT Stripes!

NYPD Green recently posted something that I've had on my mind ever since. Specifically, he said - "...you wouldn't want to stand in front of St. Peter and have him ask you why you do not have any scars, would you?"

And that got me thinking about what St Paul said - 2 Corinthians 11:23 (Douay-Rheims Bible) - They are the ministers of Christ (I speak as one less wise). I am more; in many more labours, in prisons more frequently, in stripes above measure, in deaths often.

And as we all know, by "stripes" St. Paul meant scars from whippings.

But I digress... for all those weak in their Faith, be they lay, Religious or cleric, may WE take the stripes of suffering for them.

For all those ashamed of loving Christ and His Church, be they lay, Religious or cleric, may WE take the stripes of suffering for them.

For all those who are lukewarm and attempt to be everything to everyone, be they lay, Religious or cleric, may WE take the stripes of suffering for them.

For all those who really do know better, but are timid to make a stand, be they lay, Religious or cleric, may WE take the stripes of suffering for them.

Charity covers a multitude of sins. Seeing that so many fellow Catholics, be they lay, Religious or cleric, have thrown aside their cross of suffering, it might be a good idea if we take it up for them.

I can think of no better gift for The Christ Child.

7 Comments:

Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Merry Christmas to everyone here at the cave

12:47 AM  
Blogger Simplex Vir said...

VSC, great post! Merry Christmas to all.

7:44 AM  
Blogger Arkanabar T'verrick Ilarsadin said...

Aye, a great post, VSC, and one I can fully assent to. Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you and all of yours, and may all the graces Christ has for you bless you richly.

6:30 PM  
Blogger TCN said...

My two-year-old son saw the laver the priests left in front of the kneeling king at the really big nativity set at the Church and told me he was makin' dinner for everybody. He also told me that the Baby Jesus was gonna cry. Sometimes that kid is smarter than I am, by half.

While we take those stripes, may we all become stronger in our faith, in our response when tested, in our resolve to stand firm, to be living witness to the One who brought us the Truth.

And a Merry Christmas to all inside and outside the Cave tonight.

11:30 PM  
Blogger nypd green said...

The scars I don't mind so much. It is the lumps to the cranium that really hurt!

I agree, great post Marine!

7:28 AM  
Blogger PreVat2 said...

"So, what do you have? A 6-7 week program...which is perfect for me!"

"My doctor says I swallow a lot of aggression...along with a lot of pizza!"

"Any of you HOMOS touch me...and I'll kill you!"

"Lighten up, Francis."

9:54 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

PV2,
That's a fact, Jack.

9:32 PM  

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