Making a choice in cutting off ties in any situation is difficult when it’s a no-win situation, an unbearable option that one is forced to choose. Even thinking that it is the lesser of two evils, it can still remain evil in view of Lord’s Prayer.
Being raised as a Catholic is a challenge in discerning the parable ‘my yoke is light’. Light or not, I still feel the burden. And another saying ‘when someone strikes your face, offer the other cheek’. Absolutely not!
People are people. Some don’t learn from mistakes. My biggest mistake is giving them the benefit of the doubt, a second chance and third and…
The disconnect must disconnect. Even disconnecting with a long-term friendship, a fellow Catholic, with a way of responding:
My only connection to you will be through God of when I pray for your health and good will.
In the heat of the moment, I retorted with a quote adding Life is a prayer that only love can fulfill.
People are here to be loved, things are here to be used
The tragedy of life is that
We often use people and love things. – from the book of ‘Thou and I’
I have limitations and boundaries.
In setting boundaries, it was Fr. Richard Mugford that provided me a lesson in life. He was an Anglican priest with full of wisdom that ventured into becoming a Catholic priest. It was him that introduced me to Martin Buber’s book ‘I and Thou.’ Passing the same virtue to family and friends, discussing how hurtful it is to use people to raise themselves up at the cost of others.
This is another ‘Station of My Life – As I see it’ that requires work on forgiveness.
“Revenge is a dish best served cold.” via Forgive: be set free
Note: These are paintings taken during the pilgrimage that has so meaning within a religious environment that I meditate in finding God.