Uncle Eddy's E-mails -- July 28
Saint Nazarius and Saint Celsus,
(entered heaven probably in the first century)
My dear and misguided young
niece, I do not wish to sound callous, but the simple truth is that you are wasting your tears. When
our Lord said, "Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted," he did not mean that we
should feel sorry for ourselves and whine pitifully in the face of life´s difficulties. Our tears
should be shed for only one reason: the cruel evil of sin and its multifarious brood of miseries.
Hardship, rejection, and other such crosses do not need our tears so much as they need our faith.
When you accepted the holy chrism on your forehead at confirmation, when the bishop sealed you with
the cross of Christ and the grace of the Holy Spirit, you knew very well (or you should have known)
that you were entering into a battle, into a life of conflict and constant effort in defense of the
Kingdom. Be neither surprised nor deterred by the battle, but freely weep when you see souls succumb
to the enemy.
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