I have not written for quite some time. The venom being spewed from both sides is overwhelming. We all have opinions and our personal life journey brings us to very different conclusions, but name-calling and disrespect are not acceptable under any circumstances. Personal attacks have taken over any possibility of an intelligent discussion of the issues.
There is also the question of whether or not our vote really matters. The moral standards I grew up with are labeled as intolerance. I respect everyone, but I expect respect in return. We are less than a month away from the presidential election and although I know definitely who not to vote for, I cannot bring myself to vote for the alternative. I continue to pray for God’s guidance.
Each year I map out a plan of readings, reflections and sacrificial actions to draw closer to God in my spiritual journey. Each year God shows me additional ways to be faithful and trust in His love and mercy. It has been a tough Lent so far, but questions have been answered, not in the way I expected, but He has shown me the path to follow.
Some sadness has come our way as we lost our beloved kitty Mr. Bingley. We were blessed to be able to care for him around the clock during his last week of life in gratitude for his sweet companionship of 17 years.
He left us on the 13th anniversary of my mother’s death – March 2.
Irritation and annoyance continue as the battle for presidential nominations goes on. I cannot see an answer from either political party – our only hope is Divine Intervention.
I will continue my readings, prayers and reflections as Holy Week draws near and will await Easter with a thankful and cheerful heart. I will end with a bit of St Patrick humor.
For many years now I have not made any New Year’s resolutions. For my sanity and peace of soul this year I must make an exception. There is so much anger and division all around. It is my intention not to let all the negativity, hostility and tension get the better of me. I will keep my eyes fixed on the love of God and the eternal and keep in mind that “This too shall pass.” I pray I will survive this election year unscathed even though it does have an extra day.
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity; it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness; it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us, we had nothing before us; we were all going directly to Heaven, we were all going the other way.” — Charles Dickens
This was written so long ago and yet it can be applied to 2015. As a matter of fact it can be applied to any time or year in history. No matter how happy we are or how many good things happened to us in any given year, there were people in other parts of the world or right next door going through hard times. No matter how much turmoil and sorrow we may experience in a specific year, there are those who have had a most wonderful year.
So let’s celebrate 2015 for all the joy and happiness that came our way and pray that all sorrow and suffering we may have had is short lived and will bring us wisdom and appreciation for the happy times.
In 2015 we said good bye to Tony Hernandez, the first born cousin of my generation on my father’s side.
This year we were blessed with the latest Hernandez-Iturralde grandchild, a beautiful baby girl named Lucy.
Thank you God for 2015 and we pray for your blessings in the New Year.