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IN ALL THINGS MAY GOD BE PRAISED! IN ALL THINGS IN LIFE WE MAKE CHOICES, LIKE MY MOM BAKING A CAKE. ECONOMICS ARE THE RULES OF THE HOUSE. OUR MORAL CHOICES, THE HABIT OF CHOOSING ONE THING OVER ANOTHER, IS EQUIVALENT TO A PATTERN OF CONDUCT OR BEHAVIOR (MORALS). THIS PATTERN OF BEHAVIOR IS OUR SET OF RELIGIOUS VALUES.

MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCE OF THIS TIME FRAME IN MY LIFE AND THE COMMUNITY THAT I LIVE IN IS DEFINITELY AN ENCOUNTER OF THE SPIRITUAL, ECONOMICS AND MORALS.

IT HAS BEEN A VERY PAINFUL TIME AND AT THE SAME TIME A VERY DEEP SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE. LAST YEAR I LOST MY JOB BASED ON INTERNAL CONSPIRACY TO ASSURE EMPLOYMENT FOR THOSE WITH HIGHER SENIORITY ABOUT TO BE PINK-SLIPPED. A CASE OF THE ALLOCATION OF SCARCE RESOURCES. THE MORALS USED TO MAKE THESE DECISIONS ARE A SIGN OF MORAL CRISIS, STEP ON AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU WANT AS THAT PERSON COMES OUT ON TOP.

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE, AND THAT OF MY FAMILY I AM NOW ON FOOD STAMPS. IT HAS BEEN A VERY HUMBLING AND HUMILIATING THING TO LIVE THROUGH AND OFTEN I FEEL TOO WEAK TO GET OUT OF THE SITUATION. WHEN RECURRING TO MY FAITH-BASED COMMUNITY THE HARSHNESS OF THE MEMBERS OF THE CLERGY ARE TOO PAINFUL TO REPEAT. OTHER PERSONS KNOWING OF MY PLIGHT, NO MONEY, NO INCOME, NO PLACE TO LIVE, HAVE COME UP TO PAY FOR A MONTH'S RENT AT A TIME, FOOD, BEDDING, AND A SMILE AND A PHONE CALL TO LET ME KNOW THEY CARE. NOW, I HAVE TO SAY THAT SOME OF THESE PEOPLE DO NOT WANT ME TO TALK TO THEM OF GOD, OR CHURCHES WHERE ALL THEY PERCEIVE FROM THAT GROUP'S ATTITUDE IS COLLECTING MONEY OR WHAT KIND OF CAR YOU DRIVE.

AS I READ MY BIBLE AND THE WRITINGS OF JOHN OF THE CROSS, STEPHANIE POWERS, BLESSED TERESA OF CALCUTTA, THE WORDS OF THE AUTHOR ASSURE ME THAT THIS IS AN ONGOING CYCLE, JUST KEEP THE FAITH IN A LOVING GOD AND CONSOLATION WILL COME. SOMETIMES IT IS ME THAT IS LEARNING AND OTHER TIMES OUR LOVING GOD IS USING ME TO TEACH OTHERS.