George Floyd’s Needless Death

Posted on  by Jim Dillon

Yes I am going to hop on the bandwagon of George Floyd and why not? Here was the unfortunate and needless death of an African American man, but I think one should go beyond the color of his skin. It should not have happened no matter what the color of the skin, no matter what he was being pulled over for and whether or not he was or was not resisting arrest.

How does the Catholic Church show and guides us in moments like this? The Catechism of the Catholic Church emphasizes that “it is legitimate to insist on respect for one’s own life and defense of one’s own life as well.” Through this guidance from the CCC under the direction of the 5th Commandment of “Thou Shall Not Kill”. we see that the taking of a life should only be done as a final act if all other measures have been taken.

With this being said I have watched the video and no where have I seen an imminent threat towards the officers. Even if there was, there were enough officers to subdue him. What I saw was two police officers, with prior complaints, take a man who was being pulled over for a non-violent crime. What I saw was, like the others standing around was George Floyd being taken to the ground and killed for no apparent reason. There was definitely a violation of the 5th Commandment.

Now because of this we have civil unrest across our great country all in the name of George Floyd. Violence, beatings, vandalism, theft, but do we see an actual peaceful protest for this unfortunate man. There is justice and then there is chaos. Right now we have chaos. I believe that even after the justice there well be chaos for some time.

As a former military veteran I brought in the best I could the values of my faith, the teachings of God and the guidance of the Catholic Church. Did I get it right all the time, no, but I never killed someone outright, even in a moment of rage.

They as first responders, with a great responsibility, the leaders from City Council members to the President of the United States has a moral obligation to follow the Ten Commandments and if Catholic to follow Christ’s Church as well. They and we have a moral obligation to bring our faith, Christ’s standards and teachings into not just our personal lives, but our professional lives as well.

Will deaths occur still, yes, for it is not a perfect world, yet. Should we pray for George Floyd’s soul, yes and for his family as well. Should we pray for those involved in his murder, absolutely. Should we pray for our country during this situation, you bet, for it is in the end that prayer to Christ, for the intercession of His Blessed Mother, that healing will come upon us all. Pray my friends, pray.

May God Bless you and yours.

Jim

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Moving Forward

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Many of you who have read my previous posts know what my position is on the Church’s handling of COVID-19. We are entitled to our opinion, with that being said I also realize that there is a time for healing, moving forward, putting the pieces back together. While in the U.S. Army the saying was “if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.” I will always believe that the Church really goofed up on this event, however they are men with greater responsibility then I have and my faith in God and His Church has only grown stronger during this trial. Today will be short and sweet. Attached is a wonderful interview with Cardinal Burke. https://www.catholicaction.org/conversation_with_cardinal_burke_may_2020?utm_campaign=q_a_release_may_2020&utm_medium=email&utm_source=catholicaction

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Our Lord’s Ascension May 24, 2020

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Today the Church celebrated “Our Lord’s Ascension”, (although some dioceses celebrated it this past Thursday). Many Catholics as well as our Christian brothers know about Christmas, Lent, Easter, Advent and this days solemnity, but how many know of the actual importance it plays with next Sunday, May 31, Pentecost Sunday.

This solemnity is as hollywood would say a prequel, for today is of such importance that it was necessary for Our Lord’s Ascension to happen prior to Pentecost Sunday. Christ had promised His Apostles the Paraclete, but it could not happen until Jesus ascended into Heaven.

We understand this now, but what about the Apostle’s time. Their whole world had been turned upside down with Our Lord’s crucifixion. Although men of great faith they were just plain scared and I believed did not fully understand what was going on or what was about to happen to them. Even though Christ had explained what was going to happen and that the Holy Spirit, Wonder-Counselor, Paraclete would come upon them it was a lot to take in. Then when Jesus had gathered His Apostles upon the mountain and “Go into the world and baptize ‘In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit”, and then was taken up on a cloud into the sky, there was well I cannot imagine what their thoughts were.

It was necessary as Jesus had told them earlier that He must go before the Holy Spirit would come. As with the entire salvation plan of God it had been revealed over time, as was the coming of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is and should be an integral part of our lives, especially in prayer, for a man does not know how to pray without the help of the Holy Spirit. Pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance, for the gifts that can be bestowed or has been bestowed on you. May the Holy Spirit enrich your prayer life and bring you into a deeper understanding and love of Our Lord Jesus Christ. May God bless you and yours.

Jim

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Graduation and God, May 23, 2020

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Praise be Our Lord Jesus Christ, thank you Mother Mary of Our Savior and the Saints for you intercession over the years for our son Thomas who graduated this year. Today we had Thomas’ Open House for his graduation and what a packed house. My how time flies. Thomas is number 7 of our 11 children, so the graduation thing is not new to us. Fr. Jon his older brother and the oldest in the family will be 33 this year, so we have seen many different types of graduations with different personalities in each child. Each child is and continues to grow, making their own decisions, taking in the consequences from our 33 year old son to our youngest who is 9. It has been a blessing to watch each one of my children grow into their own person.

I believe it is with God as well, although He has a few more children. His love is all-encompassing towards all of us, how He must delight in watching us grow under His guidance. Like God, we guide our children gently as they mature in making choices in life and later when they leave we pray to Him for His continued guidance and giving Him thanks for what He has already done. Like God we delighted in watching Thomas grow into a fine young man.

With God the educational, spiritual journey begins with our saying yes in Baptism going through our natural order of sacraments with Baptism culminating in Confirmation and our lives graduation with the “Anointing of the Sick.” Will we make bad choices in our life, most certainly we will, but like a parent God is there stretching His hand to pick us back up and go forward. Like we never abandoned our children in moment of need, neither will God. Congratulations Thomas and may God continue to bless you throughout your life.

Dad

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Recent Trials: A Post From May 21, 2020

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 As I talked to my spiritual advisor yesterday about losing sight, he told me not to look at it that way. Let me explain.

My family and I had an emergency with one of younger daughters, the type of crisis no child her age should ever have. It stopped my wife and I dead in our tracks. All discernment and prayer life was like secondary, I mean formative prayer. We both prayed for our daughter and during that week I had many talks to God, father to Father. During that week each family member handled this crisis in there own way, yet as a family as well.

In just over a week she was released from the hospital and was back at home, much to the relief of all of us, especially her brothers and sisters. Things are slow and getting better, but will never be the same. As I told this to my spiritual director he sat there looking at and after I had stopped speaking, he took a big breath and sighed. “Jim look certain things are happening in your house, but instead of asking why us, ask the Lord what do You want us to learn from this, how are we to grow from this trial.

There were tears during this session and I told Fr. Mark how guilty I felt for not having been stronger in coming to Our Lord during this time. I stated that I often pondered on Our Lord’s Passion during this time and asked, although I knew the answer, how did His humanity make it through the trial. Fr. Mark told me not to look at Our Lord’s Passion as a seperate event from mine, but to unit the family’s trial to His. In this way we are one with the Lord.

After my spiritual direction I felt a great sense of peace and knew that my family and I would be just fine. Now will I get going through my trials correct all the time in the future, probable not since I am human, but I know I will come out stronger and closer to my Lord than before.

Unite your trials with Our Lord’s Passion and may God Bless you and yours.

Jim

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