Remember the Sabbath day, keep it holy.

Ex 20:8

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Have you ever thought of the power of “keeping.”  What it says and what it does for us?

In the Old Testament, God is imploring His people to keep to things – to feasts, to the laws, to oaths, and from evil.

To keep is to cherish and cling to – to hold tight as one might hold a precious gem, to protect and value.

Do we do this?  As a matter of practice?

What in our life do we hold to, do we keep?  Image?  Self?  Ego?  Material goods?  Title?  Ideology?  Opposition?  Anger?  Our work?  Golf?  A hobby? Silence?  Alcohol?  Pornography?  The practices of our faith?  Our religious beliefs?  God?

Do we let others diminish what is good that we might keep it and cherish it?

Think of the Little Sisters of the Poor and their willingness to keep to their religious principles in the face of the power of the federal government to force their views on abortion and contraception on them.  These Sisters, as God admonished, keep to their faith.

Think, too, of the Mom and Pop bakeries who refuse on the basis of their religious beliefs to respectfully deny service to those who would have them violate their constitutionally protected religious beliefs.

As I have said: it is not those at the top of any institution who lead but those at the base.  It is you who are to keep, to cherish what God has given us. Leadership comes from those who believe – they are often Mr. Everyday and Ms. Everyday.

When we keep to God’s ordinances, good things happen.  We gain in confidence. We come to peace no matter how others might object.  Likewise, we establish in others a strength that they may not realize they possess, until they see that we keep to beliefs that they too share.

Imagine if Notre Dame gave the Laetare Metal to the Little Sisters of the Poor, or Justice Antonin Scalia.  Each believed and kept their beliefs.  What a powerful statement that would be in the face of godless attack on belief and those who hold to what they believe.

We should accept nothing less from our esteemed people and institutions nor from ourselves.

Think about it.