I'm starting this thread for two reasons. One is to vent and the other is to perhaps get some suggestions in dealing with my Catholic mother. She's 73 and.... On second thought,I don't want to get into an "I'm-not-a-doctor-but-I-think...." evaluation. I'll just vent and if you feel like commenting, I'd appreciate it. Usually I don't say anything because the few times I've stated my views, ended badly--once with her stating that since I "believed in nothing" she didn't want me at her funeral at the church.
-"You know a man by the friends he keeps I m gald yours friend is God [sic]."
To my brother after he posted a bunch of bible quotes on Facebook:
-"He dislocated his right shoulder. God is good!"
Said to a nurse in the emergency room after my left-handed dad fell down a flight of stairs and dislocated his left arm.
-"You know, I told your dad that his mother held him up as he fell down the stairs and that's why he wasn't injured worse than he was. He was lucky his mom was there to catch him."
Said almost a year after my dad's fall in 2009 (he's still not fully recovered and his mother has been dead since 1991).
I actually responded to this and said, "If she could have prevented him from being hurt worse than he was by holding him up, she could have prevented him tripping in the first place." Her response to me was, "Well maybe he needed to be taught a lesson because the reason he fell was because he was in a hurry down the stairs to catch a basketball game and he didn't put his slippers on all the way." I responded saying, "There are nicer ways of teaching someone that sort of lesson."
-"The question he fails to ans. is who was behine the big bang. that the question they skip around. they wont say a Suprem being. or master of the universe or GOD.oh well someday they will know as we all will. until then I am happy with the God ans. Its like a parent making a child work for the ans. look how much we learn on our before coming to the ans. we are looking for. AMEM [sic]"
A comment on a video of Steven Hawkings talking about finding answer to our "big questions"
I responded "I don't see it that way because too many innocent people suffer and people die needlessly in the process and no parent would allow their children to suffer like we do on earth. I'm glad there are people out there trying to figure out the big answers. Sometimes I wish I were one of them."
-"Catholics are so persecuted. Why is everyone protesting against the Pope? Doctors abuse their patients. Why can't they protest the doctors who have sex with their patients instead of the Pope?"
-"Your marriage failed because God wasn't in your house."
-"Don't say that word. God lives in my house and God doesn't like that word."
Said after one of my kids said a word she didn't like (probably fuck).
-"If something happens to you and your ex doesn't want to let your kids live with him and I have to have them, I'm sending them to Catholic school, making them make all the sacraments and making them go to church and that's that."
(My kids are 16, and 17 years old)