Thursday, 30 December 2010

Slaughter of the Innocents

I saw this card on the notice board in my local Catholic Church. The message comes from a place that might be difficult culturally and theologically for some. I do, however, think abortion is wrong. Yesterday was the memorial day for the Slaughter of the Innocents by Herod.

In my own life I have had long periods of illness which were at times horrendous and I would not wish on anyone. Doubtless you have had your own health struggles. However, if someone had asked me before I came on earth ‘as you are going to suffer badly in your life wouldn’t it be better if you did not live?’ looking back I would be appalled. We all have the option to learn and use our suffering. I know of a girl, born in poverty, who has no arms who was abandoned by her parents. She is a joyous girl, without bitterness, who plans to study psychology to help other children.

Also, if a child is an inconvenience to one set of parents it may not be to another. I am going to pick up a kitten tonight and give it a home. The kittens were unexpected and the owners of the mother cat have no room for two more cats. However, I and someone else will not see these lives as a nuisance but as a blessing.

For thou didst form my inward part, thou didst knit me together in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139.13

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Wednesday, 8 December 2010


I like to take photographs and I recently had a camera which uses lithium batteries. To be honest I don't like them. I prefer the common or garden double a batteries ( the ones above.) The reason for this is that you can get them anywhere so if your batteries are drained you can just buy some aa ones at any shop or stall. Also you can buy rechargeable batteries which take a few hours to recharge ( as in the photo.)
You can feel a prayer analogy coming on. You are right. You can pray a quick 'crisis prayer' anywhere and God will be there. However, better is to make sure your batteries ie your soul is well charged by regular periods of sustained prayer.
Don't try and do God's work ( or anyone else's ) on empty batteries!!!