“A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.
But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself.
For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men.
He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist.
A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero(106-43 B.C.) Roman Statesman, Philosopher and Orator
Speech in the Roman Senate in 58 BC
Janet is usually quiet and reserved but today she surprised me. We went to Jimmy John’s to get sub sandwiches for our grandkids. On the sidewalk was sitting a young black man asking for money. I walked into the store but she turned around and went back to talk with him.
She said, “I won’t give you money but if you’d like a sandwich and a drink I’ll buy you one.” I was looking for her inside the store but didn’t see her so I went back out to see where she went. That’s when I got this picture.
She stepped into the shop, bought the sandwich and Coke and took it back out and gave it to him. She said, “I hope you enjoy the sandwich and I want you to know I did this because I’m a Catholic and we like to help people in the name of Jesus.”
He pointed to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church two blocks away. He said, “Do you go to that church?” Janet said, “We do.”
He said, “I go there on Thursdays for their free food.” Janet responded, “Well that’s great; maybe you can start coming on Sunday mornings too!”
Yeah, I was proud of her. And if she can do it so can everybody else reading this :-) It is a good idea that when you do something nice for someone you let them know why by saying something like, “I’m a Catholic and we Christians like to do these kind of things.”