M is for MODERATION

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There was a preacher whose wife was expecting a baby
so he went to the congregation and asked for a raise.
After much consideration and discussion,
they passed a rule that whenever
the preacher’s family expanded, so would his paycheck.

After 6 children, this started to get expensive and the congregation
decided to hold another meeting to discuss the preacher’s salary.
There  was much yelling and bickering about how much the clergyman’s
additional children were costing the church.

Finally, the Preacher got up and spoke to the crowd,
‘Children are a gift from God,’ he said.
Silence fell on the congregation.

In the back of the room, a little old lady stood up and in her frail voice said,
‘Rain is also a gift from God, but when we get too much, we
wear  raincoats.’

And the congregation said, ‘Amen !

[This is a JOKE. The point of the story is not about the birth control, it’s about a virtue  we call moderation.    The Catholic church believes that all creation is a gift from God when used wisely, as intended by God,  and in moderation  Here are a few thoughts on the topic.  Please choose your favorite.]

Like a city breached, without walls,
is one who lacks self-control.
— Proverbs 25:28

He who knows that enough is enough will always have enough.
— Lao Tzu

Everything is lawful for me,” but not everything is beneficial. “Everything is lawful for me,” but I will not let myself be dominated by anything.
— St. Paul I Cor. 6:12

Temperate temperance is best;
intemperate temperance injures the cause of temperance.
— Mark Twain

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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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One Response to M is for MODERATION

  1. Claire T. Lampert says:

    It is your usual spot on commentary!

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