Inside the Rebellion of Saints

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Cigarettes and Holiness

   You know something that has really been placed on my heart is this:
Smoking is not only bad for our bodies but truly detrimental to our souls. So I’ll state my case. Now hear me out please.
    In Scripture it says that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and that our bodies are not our own, but were in fact bought at the price of Christ’s very blood. Our bodies are gifts from God and as believers in Jesus Christ (Christians) we have a duty to safeguard our bodies & our souls. Since modern science & countless studies have shown how detrimental cigarettes are, it truly is an offense against our bodies & therefore God to indulge in smoking them. It’s irresponsible to ignore this truthful information, and there’s really no excuse for it. Besides smoking is linked to cancer, and cancer is deadly.
   Obviously we all know that suicide is a grievous offense against our souls and God, but when we choose to smoke that is essentially what we are doing - committing suicide. We are directly willing and ensuring our end and that is contrary to preserving our overall wellbeing (clearly). As Christians we cannot justify smoking cigarettes. Because in choosing to smoke we are directly willing the damage & deterioration of our health/bodies. This is sinful and irresponsible considering that our bodies are such an incredible gift from God. We are made in HIS IMAGE. When we take away from that we not only hurt ourselves but put a strain on our relationship with God. Now I want to make it CLEAR that I am NOT condemning smokers. I’m not saying you’re a bad Christian or an evil person. Not at all. I know that many people battle with an addiction to smoking, and I know it can leave people feeling powerless after years of a struggle with this addiction. I also know a lot of people that find it as a mode of relaxation. In fact there are many people in my life whom I sincerely LOVE (friends & family) that do smoke. These are a lot of genuinely good people who in their lives do strive for good. So I’m NOT condemning them or speaking out of hate.
   I just want to say this: if you are a smoker, before you light another cigarette, consider how much you are loved by God and what a great gift your body is. I’m asking you to use the faith & reason we all received through the countless graces of our baptism. Think before you light one up. Maybe it could not only save your life, but also your soul.
   I rest my case.

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Prayer to Saint Mary Magdalene

 

O God, when others were ready to condemn Mary Magdalene, 
Jesus accepted her with all her imperfections. 
She in turn accepted Your Son as her Saviour. 
It was to St. Mary Magdalene, before all others, 
that Jesus committed the message of Easter joy. 
Through her intercession, may we proclaim Christ
as our living Lord and one day contemplate Him reigning in glory. 
Amen.


another prayer:
Saint Mary Magdalene,
woman of many sins, who by conversion became the beloved of Jesus, thank you for your witness that Jesus forgives through the miracle of love.

You, who already possess eternal happiness in His glorious presence,
please intercede for me, so that some day I may share in the same everlasting joy.

Amen.

 

Saint Mary Magdalene is my hero because she let go of her pride and accepted Christ’s forgiveness. Her relationship with Christ and her faith is testimony that none of us can ever fall so far away from grace that we are unforgivable. Mary, a former prostitute/adulteress, never left Jesus during His passion or at the foot of the cross. She was the first to see Him in glory after the resurrection. She represents hope and faith for all who have fallen and struggle with chastity.

 

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starliet asked: 'I believe God is infinitely good all the time' I'm truly curious: how do you balance that belief with how things are currently going in Africa, ie The children starving and being assaulted/murdered by terrorism. If God is all powerful and benelovent, why doesn't he help those people, those children?

Hello! Thank you for your comment/question. :) i believe you are referring to part of my bio on my blog. This is a good question, pretty common - but nonetheless not particularly easy to answer. I’ve often asked myself the very same thing, so you’re in good hands. (lol) 
First off let me start with the fact that we are all free. I’m sure you’ve figured this out by now. Since we were born people have told us what to do, what NOT to do, what to believe, ect. But no one can inherently FORCE us to do or believe anything right? We aren’t robots or puppets. Christians refer to this fact as “free will”. We can choose our own paths & destinies. God doesn’t control our actions. We are free to love Him or hate Him, follow or reject. It’s that simple. Love and Faith are a choice, a decision. If He forced us to do anything it wouldn’t be genuine. We’d be no better off than slaves. Clearly God didn’t intend for that or we would have no freedom at all. 
We are free to choose the good and we are free to choose evil/sin. That’s a right God has given us, and one He doesn’t take away whether we use it wisely or abuse it. That being said, suffering and evil are the direct consequences of sin. Now of course you can argue that diseases or famine are not caused by some great wrongdoing. Our ancestors thought that a child born with downs syndrome was caused by some evil committed by the parents. Clearly we know that to be false. And the same is true with disease or plagues, ect. Africans didn’t create some large crime that offended God so now He’s punishing them. That’s nature. It could happen to us just as it does them. In life we need to distinguish the difference between moral evil and physical evil. Moral evil is the result of a human action that goes against the natural order (say murder for instance), it’s a sin in other words. Moral evil brings forth much of the pain we suffer, either directly or indirectly. But like I said, not ALL suffering experienced in life is the direct result of personal shortcomings. Much physical evil - like diseases or natural disasters - is simply the result of us residing in a fallen world. 
Here’s the thing though, all of the suffering in Africa is entirely PREVENTABLE. Americans spend BILLIONS of dollars every day on needless forms of luxury. Now I’m not saying that it’s bad to spend money if you have it, but what about if we started seriously financing some relief forces/aid? What if we gave the amount of money NFL football players make in a year (millions) and sent it to the relief funds in Africa? Can you imagine how much good that would do them? Would it solve the problem? No. But it would help a lot. There are many many great people, organizations and charities that do amazing work to help bring hope to the millions of people suffering in Africa, and I don’t mean to discredit them in any way whatsoever. But if we want all of that to end then we need to put our entire focus on it! It’s possible that the hardships in Africa have lasted SO long because people like you and me haven’t taken a notice. If we can afford to spend billions of dollars on a national average each year, SURELY we can do something as a nation to stop all the starvation, murder, assaults and terrorism. Don’t you agree?

Now it sounds totally cliche to say “everything happens for a reason”. I’m sure you’ve heard it before but it’s true. I don’t know why there is so much suffering in that country. I’m sure there are things in life that have happened to you that were irritating, unjust, unfair, angering, and wrong. You may have been pissed off or totally confused at the time, but after all of the dust settled did you see things clearer? Did good result that you hadn’t expected? This has happened to me MANY times. :)
 Yes God does allow terrible things to happen, I’d be lying if I denied that to you. I agree it’s confusing and upsetting. It can make us doubtful. It doesn’t always make any sense. But here’s the thing, God never gives us anything we CANNOT handle or anything without reason. He never puts us in a situation without giving either us or someone the means to get us out of it. Okay so maybe Africans can’t find their own way out of the hand they’ve been dealt for whatever reason, but we’ve been dealt a hand that can be lent. We have been given the means to help them. 
Instead of pointing fingers, accusing society or wondering why God lets this tragedy happen - we should take action.
The question is, what have YOU provided towards the relief in Africa?
That’s something maybe we all need to think about before we judge God.  

Thanks for your question, I hope I answered it well enough! :) I tried. I don’t have all the answers, and I’m not God. I can’t tell you exactly why stuff like this goes on, clearly that’s something none of us fully understand. However if you come across any other questions that you may have I’d be happy to answer them to the very best of my ability! :) Thanks again! Blessings, Mary Beth<3

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