Boundaries is something we all have to set up for ourselves, for our sanity.. for our peace of mind. Our backyard fence is a boundary... keeping our pets and kids inside, and stray (potentially dangerous) animals and people out. But, there is a gate. We alone decide who we open that gate for, and who we close the gate for, and when to put a lock on it.
Boundaries are not just for yards and gardens. They are for our homes, our lives, and our hearts. I choose to allow family and friends, and people who love me, "in". But to someone who does not have my best interest at heart... or to someone who wants to use me and lie to me and hurt me or my family, I must close that gate.
Sometimes we have to set a boundary for the ones closest to us... and that HURTS... I don't know about anyone else, but putting a boundary on someone I love breaks my heart. But when that person is hurting others... that leaves you no choice. :(
My Catholic bubble feels a lot smaller and sadder tonight.