I Support The Second “Commandment”

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Due to two recent surgeries, I’ve been lying flat on my back for most of the week, and am rather loopy. As a result, it seems that I may have inadvertently published this post before I intended to do so. If so, I apologize for any confusion.😘

Some of you may have groaned when you read the post title. I can only assure you that the overall post speaks to issues that are decidedly universal, and not dependent on any “religious” ideology. Nevertheless, there is no denying that my mother’s religious beliefs informed the manner in which she raised me, and contributed to the formation of the person that I am today.

With that said, I was born and raised in the Catholic faith, spending 12 years in the New Orleans Catholic school system. As I grew older, I expanded my limited knowledge and gained an appreciation for the moral teachings on which Christianity, and many other religions are rooted. I also recognize that “religions ” hold no monopoly over such moral truths, but that they exist in the hearts and minds of most of us.

Although I don’t walk around hiding my faith and beliefs, I have no need to hold them up as proof that I am better than others. Yet, because of the constant mental and emotional disquiet caused by the state of the country, the use of religion to justify the inexcusable, and the silence, and, or worse, support for inarguably un-Christian, and immoral beliefs and acts, I feel compelled to write this short, but in my heart, meaningful post to declare where I stand.

Just the other day, right after overhearing a person embracing the Bible to justify his belief that religious persecution and racism are in line with its teachings, I happened upon the words to the Second Commandment: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Every time I hear these seven words, they send a shiver up my spine. These words wield such power, are clear, concise, and offer no room for endless misinterpretation, exceptions or conditions. They should be etched in the hearts of both Christians, those who claim to be “Christians,” non-Christians, as well as  those who hold no religious beliefs, but value love, compassion and empathy.

Quite unconsciously, as I read the words, I thought of the following as my “mission statement” of sorts:

  • My Bible does not promote or condone hate, racist views, misogyny or any other manner of treating the ‘other’ as inferior.
  • My Bible teaches that we are equal, plain and simple.
  • My Bible espouses the beautiful ideal of loving another as you love yourself, and
  • My Bible does not serve as a conduit to promote views that are intended to denigrate, seperate, or exclude anyone.
  • So, now that I’ve placed my cards on the table, I have a question for you.
  • First, let me be crystal clear. Considerations based on either left or right, or red or blue, have no place in any response, and for those who believe that they do, well, that is a post best left for another time.
  • My question for you is this: what is your “mission statement” based on how your Bible, religious tome, moral compass, beliefs or spiritual practice guides you to treat others, especially those who are deemed “different” from you? I welcome your thoughts.
  • Quote Tuesday

    “œLoss of control is always the source of fear. It is also, however, always the source of change.” ~ James Frey

    Miracles & Magic

    Dear Friends,

    Once again, you have made it to the finish line! Happy Friday to you! Regardless of how you intend to spend the weekend, may “tiny miracles and magic” touch and follow you wherever you go! With them, the possibilities for a great weekend are limitless.

    So, be safe, be happy, and know that you are loved, exactly for who you are, and because you are.

    I Count My Blessings

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    It has been a hard day, and I am trying to focus on all the good in my life. You and this blog are among them. Although I do not have hundreds of followers, I have the important ones — you.

    I just wanted to take a minute to say that I appreciate you, and thank you for being. You are a blessing, not only to me, and those who know and love you, but to the world. You have meaning, and you matter.

    It is hump day and you are closer to the weekend. May the rest of the week bring you joy, peace of bodymindsoul, love, and happiness.