I was coming home from church and I saw a guy wearing a tee shirt with a slogan on it that just amazed me, and made me think for a moment, if we really think about what we are saying to the world, about ourselves, about what we believe.
The tee shirt said “HELLS FULL” across the top with some strange graphics and than across the bottom “I’m Back.” Do we think about what we are saying? What we are expressing? The guy was basically saying he was going to hell, that that was the life he was leading. He was proud of it, and had no intention of changing what he was doing. Even sadder, it was probably a mass produced shirt, that’s being sold to many of our young kids, he wasn’t so young, maybe middle aged. Even sadder, if he doesn’t change his lifestyle, hell is probably where he is going, and I don’t think it will be as much fun as he thinks it’s going to be. He’s in my prayers.
We love to express ourselves here in America. It’s our right, and we love to use it. Proud of it, and we should be. Proud that we can say what we want. I’ve had a lot of laughs, had sayings that we proclaim, brighten my day. Been thoughful, respectful, saddened, confused, angered even, I know I’m proud to show off my pride in my team with my tee shirt or ballcap. Most of the time I kind of look at it and than just go on with my day. We probably all have a stack of those kind of tees in our wardrobe, some we bought ourselves, some we got free when we signed up, or as a promotion, or as a gift from a vacation. Others, we got from friends, co-workers who thought we would enjoy them, or thought it was an expression of what we are.
But do we really think of what we’re saying about ourselves when we wear them. Those words, those graphics define us when we wear them. Tell people that, this is who we are, what we believe. Let’s make sure the message we shout out to the world, is the one we want them to see.
I love our freedom, love being able to express myself, being proud in my own skin, and I believe it’s one of our greatest strengths as a nation. One of our greatest strengths and one of our greatest weaknesses. Freedom for all, do whatever you want, don’t bug me and I won’t bug you. Sometimes that freedom, that willingness to let everyone believe what they want, also makes us keep our mouths shut, when they should be open. I could ramble on and on, but I really want to just make one point. Make sure we keep saying our prayers for a just decision by the Supreme Court on the Hss Mandate. This is about our freedom, about our faith. This is a first attempt on restriction of our faith, on telling us what we can and can’t believe, and if this goes through, more restrictions will follows. We use freedom, to take away our freedom of our faith. Keep saying your prayers.
I’m sure many others have included Mary’s message this week, but it is the 31st anniversary of Mary’s message of Medjugorje. Mary loves us so, and prays for us, and what a wonderful message she gives us this month. June 25th to Mirija. Dear Children, with great hope in the heart, also today I call you to prayer. If you pray, little children, you are with me and you are seeking the will of my Son and are living it. Be open and live prayer and, in every moment, may it be the savor and joy of your soul. I am with you and I intercede for all of you before my Son Jesus. Thank you for responding to my call.”
I wish you all a good day and a good week. God bless and protect you, George