Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (hate mail edition)

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I got some hate mail that’s hateful enough, prejudicial enough, abstracted into crazy-land enough that I would not be surprised if there were some hateful actions, actual violence, that would come from this person against any Catholic target. There was no threat of physical violence. Yet all the signs were there that the mentality enabling such violence has taken over the sender, e.g., all members of a class of people (Catholics) are guilty of all crimes in the world and ought to be taken out. If there were to be violence, it would be difficult for any judge not to charge the person with a hate crime based on what was sent, difficult for any court reporter[!] not to write up the story as a hate crime. In the midst of a long diatribe, the sender writes: “Your church, your sick religion, is despicable, period.” At any rate…

Any sin any of us commits is like hate mail sent to Jesus’ good mom. If we would like to have hope for ourselves despite whatever we’ve done in our lives, we must also have hope for others, no matter what. Our Lord says, “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matthew 5:44). The Immaculate Conception brings us to Jesus regardless of any hate mail we’ve ever sent.

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5 responses to “Flowers for the Immaculate Conception (hate mail edition)

  1. nancyv

    Once again, you point us to Jesus. This was a most beautiful flower for our Mother.

  2. elizdelphi

    “Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me.
    “Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:11-12

    Saint Paul persecuted the Church before realizing his mistake and being forgiven.

  3. Father George David Byers

    Exactly.

  4. sanfelipe007

    How is this for a “bumper sticker?”
    Don’t send Jesus hate mail

  5. This post reminds me of the advice the sisters used to give us, back in the day – “consider everyone you meet as Jesus or Mary.” That’s great advice but sometimes I just have to add, “great disguise, Lord.”

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