Monday, December 15, 2014

Advent is a Time of Joy, Regardless of Church Bullies


Despite the difficulties you may be experiencing at church, this is one time of year we need to remain joyful. Yesterday I heard a great homily about not letting anyone steal your Advent joy. This especially includes church bullies. Focus instead on the little babe who came into the world to save us from our sins. (Eventually, the grown Christ will address the problem of those who mistreat others in His Father's house, in His own way, in His own time.)

This isn't to say that being the target of a church bully, or even a pack of bullies, is not one of the most difficult things you'll ever experience. But remind yourself that this too, shall become just a memory. Eventually, God will fill your life with peace again. Meanwhile, one thing you can do is to find a place in your house where you can pray, surrounded by beautiful reminders of God, Our Lady, the angels and the saints.

Also, being rejected at church might be the impetus you need to reestablish ties with people on the outside. Perhaps your particular place of worship has become a little too clannish. If that's the case, taking a break might be a healthy thing, mentally and spiritually.

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