Dear Brothers and Sisters,
“Straightening out the ‘House’”
“O woman great is your faith. Let it be done for you as you wish” Mt 15:28. The Catechism of the Catholic Church (#161) states: “Since ‘without faith it is impossible to please God’ (Heb 11:6)….therefore without faith no one has ever attained justification, nor will anyone attain eternal life but ‘he who endures to the end.’” Faith is revealed to those who are able to see with their hearts. The following is a story of faith in action.
Barbara and her husband lived in their home for more than 15 years and it started to show. Appliances were beginning to fall apart or needed to be replaced. For example, an oven that was in the house when they bought it just quit working. At first, the fix seemed to be simple: order the replacement part, put it in. Unfortunately, the process of pulling that monster away from the wall revealed a mess of electrical and gas problems. After deciding to get the gas company and electrician in to do their repairs, she noticed the smell of gas. They had a leak!
An emergency service call to the gas company (charging the weekend rate, no less) ended up with only a temporary repair. The whole valve placement had been done incorrectly, so that when the leak occurred, the empty space in the wall behind the oven filled with gas, making it a very dangerous setup. To make a long story short, occasions like this might have been a war of words in the past for them. But this time they consciously did their best to love and respect each other, and, at the same time, honestly contribute their opinions on how to solve the problems. There were moments that got tense between Barbara and her husband, but truly their efforts to love deepened their commitment to keep peace among them.
Then there was the issue of the refrigerator, for which replacement parts were very expensive. The first time that broke was one of the shelves, so they had to pay a lot of money to order it. But when the tabs broke off on the freezer light cover and they wanted $40 for the part, they decided to make up a way to fix it themselves. Usually, Barbara said, the two of them never seem to pass up the chance to argue over the best way to proceed on a project like this. But this time, it was actually fun trying one way and then another and see if it would work. And it did!
Aside from the small successes in being reconciled to God and with one another, the money they saved allowed them to share something with people in need, an added benefit from the challenges overcome.
God Bless You,