Friday, April 20, 2012

A Better Offer



Offer
 it up they say;
offer your suffering
to the Lord for the sins of all.
But why would God want all that suffering?
Instead, why not offer up joy,
or a big belly laugh?
That’s a better
offer!

Image from edparton.com

As a kid when anything went wrong I was told this.  Is it just a Catholic thing?  This offering is actually for G-Man though, who is feeling bad enough to not host his usual FF55.  Hope you're laughing again soon!

18 comments:

  1. Yup, definitely a Catholic thing, I grew up with it too--all part of those "mysteries,"--the "Everything happens for a reason" and "When God closes a door, he opens a window." belief system. Give me a good old belly laugh anyway, that would definitely cleanse the soul!!

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    1. Hey, I Ginny - thanks for stopping by. I read a quote somewhere that says God is a comedian playing to an audience that is afraid to laugh. I think there's a lot to that!

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  2. The cat is not afriad to laugh, can do it all the time and always in rhyme.

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    1. Yes, you're a fun cat - no denying that!

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  3. Mary, I'm with you offering joy and belly laughs :)

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    1. Thanks Ayala - you're a ray of sunshine!

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  4. LOVE this! I like to think suffering and agony are good for SOMETHING... the "Catholic girl" in me likes to think so... but I'd much rather offer up a belly laugh! :)

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    1. Yes, I know, and there is a quote regarding that, 'You desire to know the art of living, my friend? It is contained in one phrase: make use of suffering.' Henri-Frédéric Amiel
      But I think we need to make sure we don't use this as an excuse to allow suffering to go on when we could do something to prevent it.

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  5. Whatever . . it will surely give G-Man a "get-well" push!

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  6. I remember that "offer it up." I was never very reverent (as followers on my blog know), and my memory might be colored by that irreverence. But I always took it to be a kind "deposit" in the Universal Bank of Indulgences, a down-payment on one's spiritual get-out-of-jail-free card. But you're right, surely a joyful deposit should be worth more.

    Here's hoping G-Man is on the mend!

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  7. Thanks Patti. And yes, let's hope G-Man is back to his usual kick-ass self soon!

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  8. Gods a man , floats around the sky , looks a. It like Charlton Heston , give me a big belly laugh any day ! , maybe thats God ! Good One , OM

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  9. Who said that the only response to sorrow is tears? Laugh, clown, laugh! Well written, Mosk

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  10. Mary, what have you been up to?
    Still having a bloc?


    Wander

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  11. I agree! Laughter makes it all so so much better. Perceived problems just disappear.

    Wonderful picture, Mary. Those kids say it all.

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  12. Thank you Jannie! And I promise I'll write some more soon!

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