One injustice begats another. How often in your acting out have you also lied and caused calamity to come upon the innocent? Has your acting out damaged relationships with your spouse? Your parents, brothers, sisters, or extended family? What about your children? Very likely, some of your relationships have been harmed.
One inner circle behavior wasn’t evident until a therapist helped me see it.
Rather than confessing their lust and repenting of it, rending their garments and covering themselves in ashes, they conspired together. These wicked men were willing to share her in raping her.
Earlier I posted the story of Susanna from the book of Daniel, usually listed as Daniel 13. This story is considered canonical by Catholic, Orthodox, and other Christians, but not by Protestants or Jews. Nevertheless, it is a beautiful story about justice and purity.
I would like to post a few short reflections on some salient verses. Today, verses 9-11:
There was a man living in Babylon whose name was Jo′akim. And he took a wife named Susanna, the daughter of Hilki′ah, a very beautiful woman and one who feared the Lord. Her parents were righteous, and had taught their daughter according to the law of Moses. Jo′akim was very rich, and had a spacious garden adjoining his house; and the Jews used to come to him because he was the most honored of them all. Continue reading Susanna (Daniel 13)
If you need a starting place with recognizing your character defects (vices), or if you are having a hard time … More St. Paul’s List of Character Defects to the Galatians
My confessor recommended to me that I meditate on the passion so that I can come to a greater understanding … More Possible things