Our motto is- Fear not really, really, tiny flock! Usually I live by this motto, applying it to both church and family life. And when I write posts like yesterday's and tomorrow's, the lesson I try to remember is: "Fear Not! The Lord has the final victory!" But no one claimed that it would be easy to claim victory and no one said that victory will be enjoyed here on earth. I take comfort in these words among others:
People are often unreasonable, irrational and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spent years creating, others could destroy overnight.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
found written on the wall in Mother Teresa's home for children in Calcutta
These words put the problem in perspective even when the reality remains the same: The Eastern rites of the Catholic Church are suffering. I'll write from a different perspective tomorrow about the demise of the Byzantine rite- in the meantime, you might like to read Rabbit's take on the problem.