No, not this one. That’s in Russia and was the scene of a slaughter of peaceful demonstrators by the Tsar’s Guards. The Tsar was busy dealing with his hemophiliac son who was in horrid pain, and when he found out was livid that such a thing had happened.
Which brings me to today’s point
How much harm is done to others simply because our minds are taken up by other matters? That is a very challenging question and one that plagues me constantly. You see, someone approached me to talk several years ago and I was worried about another matter and wasn’t really paying attention. At some point in the conversation she said, “you’re not listening to me, I’m sorry I bothered you.”
Whoa! That snapped me back to reality. I stopped her from getting and up apologized and admitted she was right. We then had a good conversation. From that moment one I learned that when someone wants to talk to you, or looks up to you, every word, every gesture can be misinterpreted. At one time I would have said it’s their own fault, but now I do not feel that way. If a person is on a spiritual path, such as the life of a hermit, they should not be gesturing or speaking in a way that can be misinterpreted. If I go out and cuss till the cows come home then I have given witness that I am a hypocrite. If I go out and refrain from such a thing, show patience, and not make a scene, then I bear an entirely different witness.
You Are What You Do
I know that sounds strong and I mean it to, for it is true. If you are a person who gets drunk every day then you are an alcoholic. If you are a person who sleeps with a different person every night, then you have the morals of a goat. If you are a Christian and turn your back on your fellow human who is suffering, then you are a hypocrite.
This isn’t about accusing anyone of being a drunk, an alley cat or a hypocrite, it is about showing who you are through your actions and words. Once I showed a young woman that I was too busy to pay attention to her distress. Now, I approach every conversation with ears open, heart open and repeating the name Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, mentally so that when I do have to open my mouth hopefully it will be Jesus who speaks and not me.
Why Does This Matter
Why? If you are on a spiritual path, and I assume you are or you would not be reading my blog, then keeping the mind of Christ within you is the most important thing you can do. How do you keep the mind of Christ? By thinking of him every moment, by never letting Christ out of your conscious mind. By remembering that at each second he is present to us, within us, and most important of all, in others. That is what I have learned while living in the hermitage of my own house. My three rooms; bedroom, bath and chapel.
Today, when someone gets on your last nerve just think of the name of Jesus, and force yourself to see Jesus in that person. Consider what sorrow or suffering they might have which you know nothing about, and then respond to them lovingly, without rancor.
Last night I responded on Facebook with rancor about ultra orthodox catholics who feel they know everything about everything. I have to repent that, I allowed my human irritation to overcome the Christ within me. I forgot Jesus and started being my ‘old self.’ Didn’t Paul write something about dying to that ‘old self?’ Hmm?