for January 17, 2024
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01-17-2024 Sirach 10 V1213 Stubbornness is pride’s beginning
The Book of Sirach Ch Ten v- 12 and 13
12 The beginning of pride is stubbornness in withdrawing the heart from one’s Maker. 13 For sin is a reservoir of insolence, a source which runs over with vice; Because of it God sends unheard-of afflictions and strikes people with utter ruin.
I experienced the fright of death last night. It was an early evening walk where I was trying to complete my goal of 5300 steps for the day. Our street is a dead-end street and has but one street light for about a mile’s walk. I had reached about a half mile when I turned and began to walk by a home that had all its lights on but the porch light and out of nowhere a large Rottweiler type dog rushed me in a moments notice growling severely coming up on my heals without any warning. It was like the dog was trying to ambush me as I kicked my heal towards the dog raising my voice and arms as the dog backed up slightly yet it continued to growl and bark loudly. I began screaming at the home to come get their dog that was obviously out of its fence barriers and facing me in the middle of the street. If I had of had a weapon I may of shot the dog but I didn’t and I screamed ineffectively at the home as I turned my light on my phone and pointed it at the dog who ran back into the fence once the porch light came on. The people never came out. I went home and got my vehicle and drove up to the front of the home as the dog still barked at my van and I honked my horn until they finally came out. I explained that I was a homeowner on this street and I like to take walks at night without being attacked by a roaming dog. I told her that I was very frightened by her dog’s aggression and next time I would call the Sheriff’s department and file a complaint. I was upset but I didn’t use foul language and I addressed my neighbor with as much respect as I could give her. She was very nice and apologized and said she would take care of her dog. It’s been a few years since I was attacked by a pack of wild street dogs running in Miami that scared the living daylights out of me and it remined me of my grandpa saying, ”Don’t mess with ole’ Red while he’s eating.” He was my first dog bite at 7 years old and I’ve learned my lesson as grandpa said, “Leave an eating dog alone.” Today I wrote a poem reflecting this trauma and the need to carry on in love to overcome any pain. Amen.
Trauma from a growling dog
In the depths of darkness and despair,
My heart is burdened, filled with fear.
A tale of trauma, etched into my soul,
Of a growling dog, unleashing its toll.
Its menacing eyes, a fiery red,
Screaming for help, filling me with dread.
Its fangs exposed, a chilling sight,
As it lunges forward, ready to bite.
I tremble, paralyzed by its fierce attack,
Seeking safety, I try to fight back.
Raising arms and hands, a feeble plea,
Yearning for respite, longing to be free.
The echoes of my screams reverberate,
Lost in the abyss, consumed by hate.
But through the chaos, a glimmer of light,
A beacon of hope, shining so bright.
I find solace in the strength I possess,
A survivor’s spirit, refusing to regress.
Though terror may haunt, I won’t be confined,
For I’ll rise above the darkness, leave it behind.
With each passing day, I’ll mend my broken soul,
Embracing healing, making myself whole.
No longer trapped in the dog’s wicked snare,
I’ll find the courage to breathe in fresh air.
And as I walk this path of recovery,
I’ll find compassion, for both you and me.
For even the growling dog, so full of rage,
May have suffered wounds from a bygone age.
So let us strive to break the cycle of pain,
To heal the wounds that still remain.
For in unity, we’ll find our sanctuary,
A world where love triumphs over every adversary. Amen.
Join me as we pray our daily prayer of forgiveness. The Lord’s Prayer.
At the Savior’s command and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil, graciously grant peace in our days, that, by the help of your mercy, we may be always free from sin and safe from all distress, as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.
I am sorry Lord. I believe You died and rose for me. Please forgive me as I forgive others. I share You as my Lord and Savior seeking to live your Will in all things. Prayers for wife Toni and my mother Betty pray for our children especially our two oldest Alexandra & Allen Son in Law Mark Stern; Julian, Gabriel and Jeffrey and our grandchildren Oliver, Julian and Elliott. We pray for those we’ve said we’d pray for and those who’ve asked us to pray for them. We pray for the dying as we do each day Lord give them peace in their last breath. We pray for Holy Mother Church. Our prayers for a little boy named David Alexander. Praise God thank You Jesus. In Jesus Precious Blood by His Name we pray. Amen.
I am a poet obedient to Christ,
Catholic Evangelist Thomas Cruz†Wiggins
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01-17-2024 Sirach 10 v-1213
**Stubbornness is pride’s beginning**
Stubbornness is pride’s beginning
Heart withdraws from Maker of all
Insolence is the vice reservoir of sinning
Afflictions sent by the God you won’t call
Ruining people striking their soul’s fall
© Thomas Joe Cruz†Wiggins
January 17, 2024 @ 04:44 AM EST
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