for the @wolfstarmicrofic prompt:
He was on the floor again, a jutted up nail digging into his knee. Remus lay on the bed, fast asleep as Sirius’ wand knit together the skin on his stomach. Sirius cleaned the dried blood and placed a hand over the new scar, so like one of his own.
Faithless, his mother had snarled, backhanding him across the cheek. Faithless, his father had said, voice cold as he turned to walk away. Faithless, Regulus had breathed, clutching his left arm, sorrow in his eyes.
Sirius smiled. Well. If only they could see him now. Was this not faith?
This is God’s attitude toward us, even when we choose to look elsewhere to numb our pain. He wants to help us. He doesn’t want us to hurt ourselves with habits that create bondage. Certain substances and actions tempt us with a quick sense of relief, but God wants to provide authentic healing as we walk closely with Him.
Our Daily Bread
Love is patient. Lust can't wait and is impulsive.
Love is kind. Lust is cruel, critical, and manipulative.
Love does not envy. Lust seeks more than it earns.
Love does not boast. Lust serves self at the expense of others.
Love is not proud. Lust is easily threatened.
Love is not rude. Lust is disrespectful and thoughtless.
Love is not self-seeking. Lust is demanding and uncaring.
Love is not easily angered. Lust is temperamental and retaliatory.
Love keeps no records of wrongs. Lust does not forget offenses.
Love does not delight in evil. Lust commits wrong to get its own way and rationalizes it.
Love rejoices in the truth. Lust encourages lies and covers up misdeeds.
Love always protects. Lust takes for selfish gain and lacks concern for consequences to others.
Love always trusts. Lust is suspicious and jealous.
Love always hopes. Lust says one chance and you're out.
Love always perseveres. Lust retreats when it is no longer convenient.
Love never fails (it is constant, enduring, and faithful to the end). Lust ends when self is no longer served (it is fickle, insecure, and unfaithful).
The ancient statue of Christ Crucified being taken out of the Armenian Catholic Cathedral of Lviv, the historic capital of Galicia, now in western Ukraine, to be stored in a bunker for protection. The last time it was taken out was during WW2.
(Photo by Tim Le Berre, 5 March 2022)