Taking a Break

Taking a Break February 28, 2014

I am taking off until Monday.

We are heading into a deadline at the legislature in which we have to vote on all the House legislation and move it on to the Senate. This means that for the next two weeks I’ll be on the House floor for long days that run into night, with all the tension and tiredness that entails.

On top of that, I am spiritually exhausted from the bad news about euthanasia and gay marriage. I need time to reflect, pray and think it through.

Hopefully, when I come back Monday, my house will be a little cleaner, my soul will be at peace and I will be ready to go at it again.

Don’t forget: Son of God opens tonight.

Blessings,

Rebecca

 

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10 responses to “Taking a Break”

  1. Blessings on your web break and legislative work, Rebecca. I had a cpl days away last weekend myself, visiting family, and the “quiet” really helps see beyond the worldly “fog” and back to our Hope and Savior. 🙂

  2. You deserve a well rested break. ^^ May it prove of benefit to your mind, body and soul…as you rest taking refuge in the One who is forever faithful.

  3. Just now, when I most needed the strength and clarity of your voice – as just shown by your magnificent post in defence of conscientious objection. But I don’t have the right to ask you to do more than the giant’s work you already do. God be with you till we meet again, place the armour of fidelity on your shoulders and the sword of truth in your mouth and in your hand. Go forth in the Lord’s name and do His work as you have done for so long, and be blessed by Him always.

  4. It has become more and more clear to me that I think we are losing the
    culture wars and the race to the moral bottom because we are debating
    from the wrong place. We’ve stopped debating from the original moral law and we now argue several levels removed from it, from where the culture is at now. We argue around the issues of the day and ignore the roots of our problems. When I read many of the Catholic moral arguments of the day I find myself being able to play devil’s advocate and make a counter-case in my mind to refute the arguments put forth. I know that when I, a faithful Catholic, can do that we’ve already lost the cultural argument.

    I’m seriously beginning to wonder if engaging the ‘culture’ isn’t the worst thing we can do as a Church. Is it just playing with the devil at the devil’s own game? When our arguments become focused on the secondary effects of sin, instead of Who is being sinned against, they become arguments subject to being torn down by the moral relativism of popular opinion. There is always a “yeah, but what about …” rebuttal, usually couched in some sort of false compassion or plea to fairness.

    Maybe we should just be kissing those people up to God, praying hard, setting the best personal example we can in our own lives, and forget the rest. Maybe “Because God said so” is not only good enough, it’s the only Truth that matters.
    Our wisdom is not the wisdom of God and sometimes there is just no human wisdom good enough to convince a non-believer. Maybe living a life that radiates joy and love and peace, instead of engaging the sinful world and getting frustrated with it (like I’ve been doing), is the best advertisement for proof of God. There is a saying in AA used by those who are struggling when referring to others with good sobriety – ” I want what he/she has”. I think that’s the winning context, not beating each over the head with our wisdom.

    For Lent, I’m taking myself out of the debate on social moral issues and going back to basics and plain old obedience to the Word. The way I’m feeling and thinking right now there is a good chance I won’t come back to it. God Bless you all.

  5. Take all the time you need to recoup. You are a very busy woman and I have yet to figure out how you do it all, and then keep this blog going.

  6. Godspeed on your well deserved break. I look forward to reading you upon your return.

    Keep the faith and remain hopeful. Let me share a quick story. Yesterday my wife Dawn and I had the chance to meet Fr. Robert Barron and then to hear him address the Mid-Atlantic Congress for Pastoral Leadership in Baltimore on the New Evangelization. I purchased his theological treatise The Priority of Christ – Toward a Post-Liberal Catholicism. I have barely scratched the surface but the concluding sentences in the Forward by Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago, touched me and I thought you would find them helpful at this time.

    Cardinal George writes:
    “Hope in Christ is consistent with a certain pessimism about a sinful world that rejects him and refuses to understand its own need for divine grace to set things right. Hope in Christ, nevertheless, knows that in the end all will be well because all is grace. Fr. Barron’s book is a gift, a grace, for us today.”

    May God be with you and your work.
    Ray (Twitter: @rayglennon:disqus)

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