Skip to main content

Predators Beware!!!

A basic fundamental law of nature states that a predator will always hunt and kill its prey. 

Recently I have been asking myself this question: "Why do certain people get picked on and others don't?"

The answer to this question came to me partially when I overheard a conversation from one of my friends.  In the conversation my friend stated how he felt intimidated by one of his bosses because of her domineering, aggressive management style.  I simply told him to stop acting scared because I hypothesized that his boss was a predator and that predators feed on fear. As I said this the scales began to fall from both my eyes and his. It all began to click: "Predators (or aggressive personalities) can sense fear. The more scared one is the more the predator will pick on its prey." 

So what does this have to do with being a Christian?

The answer is simple.  In the New Testament Jesus stated over 300 times to "not be afraid."  Jesus meant it.  As Christians we are not supposed to be scared of anyone or anything.  Sure emotionally we will always feel feelings of fear.  But we must not surrender ourselves to these feelings.  We must ask Jesus for the strength to overcome our fears, to act powerfully, in spite of our fears through the proper use of our will.  If we can do this often, even daily there will come a time when the power of fear can never shake or break our resolve to grown in holiness.  Through this holiness we can Christianize the world one predator at a time!


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

10 Great Quotes from The Book of Sirach

The book of Sirach is a book that is often overlooked in the bible. This is unfortunate since this book contains many wise, practical saying on how to live a virtous life. The book was believed to have been written between 200-175 B.C.E.

Here are ten quotes that I feel best reflect this timeless work.

1."Do not become a beggar by feasting with\borrowed money, when you have nothing in your purse." Sirach 18:33

2."In all you do remember the end of your life, and then you will never sin." 7:36

3.."Glory and dishonor come from speaking; a man's tongue is his downfall." 5:13"

4."A wise man is cautious in everything." 18:27

5."One who trusts others is light minded." 19:4

6."If you pursue justice, you will obtain it and wear it as a glorious robe." 27:8

7."Many have fallen by the edge of the sword, but no many as have fallen because of the tongue." 28:18

8." In all of your work be industrious and no sickness will…

George Michael, Carrie Fisher, and The Afterlife

I was stunned, as was most of the world was when I heard about the passing of George Michael on Christmas day.  Michael possessed enormous talent was and one of the most successful acts in the 1980's and early 90's

Shortly after Carrie Fisher died.  Fisher was famous for her legendary role as princess Leia from the Star Wars movies.  Strangely her mother also died the day after.

2016 was notable year for celebrity deaths.

Some names include: Prince, Glenn Frey, David Bowie,  Doris Roberts, Alan Rickman, and Muhammad Ali.

As a Catholic these deaths got me thinking about the transient nature of life, and the inevitability of death.

Marcus Aurelius, the stoic, emperor, philosopher king wrote about the passing nature of life as he reflected, "Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away."

Even though I agree mostly with Aurelius&#…

Me vs. The Almighty

There is famous scene in the bible where Jacob wrestles with God.  Jacob fights with God until God takes out a bone from Jacob's thigh. Interestingly, God eventually relents and stops fighting with Jacob. After this dramatic incident Jacob is renamed Israel which literally means, "he who struggles with God."

I can relate to this story.  Many times in my life I have argued with God. I still do. (my wife can attest to that.) Many times I have criticized his tactics, his ways, and his wisdom. In my worst moments I have even used choice language. I have a complicated relationship with God. Like Jacob I have wrestled with God. (thigh bone still intact)

Recently I approached a priest friend of mine and told him of my struggles with God.  I expected that he would chide me for my lack of respect and informality. What this priest said was illuminating and encouraging. He told me that it was OK at times to be angry with God, God understood. He in fact encouraged this honesty and o…