Aesop's Fable Friday.
One winter a Farmer found a Viper frozen and numb with cold, and out of pity picked it up and placed it in his bosom.
The Viper was no sooner revived by the warmth than it turned upon its benefactor and inflicted a fatal bite upon him; and as the poor man lay dying, he cried, "I have only got what I deserved, for taking compassion on so villainous a creature."
Moral of the story: Kindness is thrown away upon the evil.
Well - this one sent me all over the place! It is so true but then that little voice inside me says (the Catholic one), "By showing someone evil some love - perhaps they will change their ways." Maybe it's NOT the Catholic voice, maybe it's the addiction enabler voice...
D'ya see what I'm doing to myself? So. I've decided that I will not show compassion for someone who is trying to behead me. (I know, Catholic voice, I know - I should pray for them....Alright. While I'm shooting them I'll send up a little prayer.) As for the addicted trying to take advantage - I'll send up a little prayer for them, too but direct them to the nearest addiction treatment center. My enabler voice can live with that. Anyone else - - if you try to hurt me or my family I will not allow it. Whatever it takes I will do. I WILL say a little prayer for you though.
Oh what a tangled mess Aesop's Fables can be when one is a recovering Catholic. LOL!