“Lead us not into temptation.”
„Leid ons niet in verzoeking.”
And thank you for sending me prayers by candle. This one has been specially blessed.
They say a candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.
So here is the candle, and I pass it on to my readers, along with the prayer and the blessings.
Thank you also for access to news subscriptions – you know who you are.
If you have not signed up yet, the Washington Post has dropped their paywall for coronavirus articles.
And yes, we still have no toilet paper.
I see Sucks has just backed off from a lot of weirdness, good idea. There are some good people keeping watch there.
And for anyone who has a guilty conscience – you know who you are:
He sees you when you’re sleeping
He knows when you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!
It is not my purpose to start an in-depth discussion of child protection and safe-guarding here…but…
It would be better for him to have a millstone hung around his neck and to be thrown into the sea than to cause one of these little ones to stumble. – Luke 17:2
If you know someone who is weak, do not start discussions that may tempt them beyond their capacity, or draw other evil-doers together to feed on each others’ weaknesses. Remember what happened to NAMBLA (see Urban Dictionary) and Edward Brongersma in Holland. Just walk away.
Of course there is always a saint for all of this, so if this is you, there is hope, do take care to check out Alessandro Serenelli and Saint Maria Goretti in my old essay on “Saints for survivors of child abuse“.
There is hope for the abusers as well. Serenelli’s family life was filled with drinking and mental illness, but he did find peace at last.
Remember the example of John Newton. He was once one of the worst potty-mouths in the world, but ended up writing “Amazing Grace“.
If you are enabling someone else with a problem, stop.
In its original context, enabling refers to a pattern within the families of people addicted to alcohol and drugs, wherein the family members excuse, justify, ignore, deny, and smooth over the addiction. This notoriously allows the addicted person to avoid facing the full consequences of his or her addiction, and the addiction is able to continue.
In a wider sense, enabling can describe a pattern of behavior that becomes organized among the family and friends of not just an addicted person, but any person who is exhibiting poor choices that harm themselves or others and for which they are not being held responsible.
…This may also encompass poor choices around so-called “soft addictions” such as gambling, pornography, or excessive video gaming. He or she may refuse, or appear unable, to fulfill normative roles of adulthood. If a parent, he or she may underperform or disregard the responsibilities of parenthood. He or she may frequently disrupt romantic partnerships. The enabled person often displays poor money management, as well as disorganized academic and/or career-planning choices. He or she may quit or be fired from a series of promising jobs and educational or training programs. The enabled person often describes himself/herself as a victim of circumstances or of other people.
And finally, take care of yourselves, wash your hands, and stay 6 feet away from other people.
Cuz you know what will happen if you don’t….