“Correct me, Yahweh, but with moderation”
My doctor back home is a very insightful
He once remarked that
“The nastiest sickness in life is not
It is a psychological and even spiritual,
if you want.
It comes under different names – whining,
It is vexing because it irritates the
who is sick with it
and everyone else who happens to be
He was right, of course.
The trouble is that everyone seems
carrying this bug,
I sometimes even wonder whether it
of mankind’s make-up,
a part of our DNA as humans!
You find people who complain because
hot, others because it is cold,
Men complain because ‘she only cares
her mother and the kids’.
Women complain because ‘he only cares
work and the internet’.
Parents complain because the kids lack
towards the seniors.
Others complain because of the awful
Some say that everything is going bad
Others – rather few - complain because
is well the islands.
No breathing space.
Many of us wake up in the morning and
Many go back to bed and again … ‘life
dreadful…pains, snoring, mosquitoes,
conditioning not working properly…’
A whole list why life stinks.
The sad thing is that we get nothing
except wasting the little precious
The book of Proverbs is very laconic:
“better to live in a desert land than
a woman who complains!”
And let us face it.
Complaining is not just a mental infirmity.
It is also symptomatic of our little
It reveals the muddled idea we have
Is God a good Father or not?
If He is a good Father then He gives
Among this ‘best’, there are also corrections…
No responsible father ever fails from
It is correction that steers us constantly
on the right road.
God also corrects us.
Through the events that He gives us.
Those who put their hope in the family
believing that family is everything,
God allows things to happen to them
(wife dies, husband leaves, children
married and they hardly come to visit)
so that they may realize that their
It is not true that the family is everything:
God is everything.
Those who think that money solves all
and that money can make them taste
God permits something to happen to
(they are robbed, the bank goes bankrupt,
they lose their job)
so that they may learn that money is
smoke and the morning dew.
The Pope commenting on the recent world
financial crisis, said
“We are now seeing, in the collapse
banks, that money vanishes, it is nothing.
All these things that appear to be
in fact secondary.
Only God’s words are a solid reality.”
Those who place their hope in health,
because health is so important in life
and take all sorts of drugs and vitamins
become suddenly ill or have an accident
and they are forced to look beyond
All this happens not because God is
or because He wants us to suffer.
But simply because He knows that if
not seek His kingdom first
we are putting ourselves in a hell
It is like someone wanting to go uphill
a cart wheel,
comments St John of the Cross.
As you tread along, life becomes heavier
On the other hand, the one who manages
put God at the center,
will enjoy just everything… money,
So no point in complaining when things
the way we want them to go.
It is just our own God trying to keep
on the right track.
Behind the events
there is the mind and the heart of
who loves us.
“The word that came to Jeremiah
from Yahweh as follows,
‘Get up and make your way down to the
and there I shall tell you what I have
So I went down to the potter’s house,
and there he was, working at the wheel.
But the vessel he was making came out
as may happen with clay when a potter
So he began again and shaped it into
another vessel, as he thought fit.
Then the word of Yahweh came to me
‘House of Israel, can I not do to you
what the potter does?
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