Posted by: fvbcdm | February 27, 2013

Feast of Saint Anne Line (27 Feb 2013)

 One of the funny things that happen in small towns like Lufkin, where I live, is that the daily police reports are printed in the newspaper.  I often read them; sometimes they are comical; sometimes they are pathetic. The husband didn’t like the way his wife fried his eggs that morning, so he hit her over the head with the skillet.  The young woman steals the car of her live-in “boyfriend,” drives it down to the next town and then gets into an accident with it.  Contrast that kind of behavior with what we find in the book of Deuteronomy: “Observe the decrees of the Lord carefully, for thus will you give evidence of your wisdom and intelligence to the nations . . . What great nation has statutes and decrees that are AS JUST as this whole law which I am setting before you today?”

I pointed out this contrast to the Sisters here at the monastery this morning at Mass, and told them that in all the four-and-a-half years I’ve been in Lufkin, I’ve never found any of the Sisters in the police reports in the Lufkin Daily News!

All joking aside, where would we be without God’s law and his commandments? We human beings are foolish; even with both divine and human law, many of us get into all sorts of trouble of our own making.  And if there were no laws, there would be total chaos and anarchy in this world of ours.  But God is wise, prudent, and loving.  He loves us, and therefore tells us what to do and what not to do in order that we will be as happy as possible in this world, and totally happy in the next. And we often complain about his law, just as children complain about not being allowed to play with matches or drive the family car when they tall enough to reach the foot pedals. Wisdom and prudence are sometimes not fun, but the wiser and more prudent we are, the more we recognize their value and goodness. We are, I presume, all grateful to our parents for not allowing us to play with matches when we were 3 years old. So let us also be grateful for the laws of God even when they forbid stealing, hurting others, and the sexual sins, all of which can look very attractive at one time in our lives or another. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown., O.P.

Note:  Father Brown composed this message some years ago.

 

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