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Monday, March 10. 2008
Mine has not gone so well. As our Editor Bird Dog also says, it's usually the high point of my year with God, but this year it has not gelled the way it has in the past, and I have been continually distracted - or, more accurately, permitted myself to be distracted.
This leaves me feeling disappointed with myself, and thus more in need of Lent and of God's grace, and thus the thing snowballs in the wrong direction down the wrong hill. I know that I have only so many Lents, and so many Easters, in my life. Still, I cannot get in the groove this year and fear that Easter will therefore be a hollow celebration followed by just one more unnecessary high-calorie brunch, followed by an undeserved nap.
Something is in my way, but I do not know what it is. It's nothing obvious, or I would be able to identify it.
As contrast, our friend The Anchoress says:
I do not need much more self-flagellation, but there is something maybe short of that...
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I gave up Lent for Lent. I got tired of feeling disappointed with myself and of realizing my limitations and deficiencies and knowing I don't know anything and seeing my sin before me all the time and feeling I did not know love or decency and that I am uncultured, untutored, self-concerned and barely conscious even as a rough beast and maybe only evolving a very little. And those shadows! My God.
The high-calorie brunch is great, though.
i think maybe what she's saying is that slapping oneself for not being better, and patting oneself for not being worse, involves almost the same motion.
don't think Lent is about feeling bad for being imperfect. We are human and not divine and isn't that the point. do the best you can and pray to God for guidance and hope we follow his lead. going astray is part of the journey and finding our way back .....well ?
Imagine how you'd feel if you had been doing this for 80 years and felt you probably weren't getting any better at it.
Old Marianne Matthews
Your struggle and the passage you quoted was very moving for me. Peace be with you, brother.
I second that -- it takes courage to be honest about any feeling other than "up". I think this campaign is making things a little heavy this year. Why I dunno. Oh wait -- Occam's Razor -- it's gotta be all this doom & gloom coming from the you-know-who's.
Good ol' Aunt Sal sent me this 'pass it on' email prayer yesterday.
Each of us is going through tough times right now, but God is getting ready to bless you in a way that only He can. Keep your faith. Prayers are the best gifts to receive. There is no cost but a lot of rewards. Continue to pray for one another.
I ask You to bless my friends, relatives and those I care deeply for and all those who are reading this right now. Show them a new revelation of your love and power. Holy Spirit, I ask You to minister to their spirit at this very moment. Where there is pain, give them your peace and mercy. Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence through your grace. Where there is need, I ask you to fulfill their needs. Bless their health, their homes, families, finances and travels. In Jesus' precious name. Amen.
Meanwhile, the Pope declared some more official sins. When questioned about this by a reporter who asked about the rape by priests of little boys and young men, the spokesman for the Pope, who has a longer title than the Pope, said [paraphrased] "Those ALLEGATIONS are made much worse by American MSM."
Nice. Stupid media. Made those rapes worse than they were.
Lent gets better as St. Patricks Day draws closer.
Dumb and dumber be the MSM and the blogs that paraphrase same.
Pope has not declared any new sins.
Philip Lawyer has y'all nailed;
Archbishop Girotti, the regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary, spoke to the Vatican newspaper about "new forms of social sin" in our era. He mentioned such transgressions as destructive research on human embryos, degradation of the environment, and drug trafficking. Within hours, dozens of media sources were suggesting that the Vatican had radically revised the Ten Commandments, issuing a list of "new sins."
Archbishop Girotti said that the modern world does not understand the nature of sin. With their coverage of the interview, the mass media unintentionally underlined the prelate’s point.
“You offend God not only by stealing, taking the Lord's name in vain or coveting your neighbor's wife, but also by wrecking the environment, carrying out morally debatable experiments that manipulate DNA or harm embryos,” said Bishop Girotti, according to L’Osservatore.
Just the facts, Mam, just the facts, please.
How about a fresh indulgence, Leag?
The story is all over the Internet. The stories have been translated by the various sources, but all retain the new sins, and all make note of the naughty priests and the Archbishop blaming the media. The story I read, which I cannot find my way back to, used the word "allegations" for those acts of pedophilia.
Now, Leag, why'd you leave out the pedophile priests in your query to me? Consider all, my dear.
eems you have found the quote you paraphrased ALLEGATIONS in this link, "exaggerations by the mass media aimed at discrediting the Church"
No indulgence necessary to ascertain that the Archbishop has assessed accurately that the discrediting motive has been ripe with exaggeration.
Msr. Lawler is still on point that MSM, like yourself, is missing the point and that may be indulged with no little amusement, still.
Me thinks a hearty meal of corned beef and green beer will be a welcome Lenten indulgence from the USCB's, two days hence.
I don't know any paedophiliac priests so can't indulge your fetish about that with any specificity.
If the Archbishop did as your link allegeged, the point is still, Lent is time for remembrance, contrition and confessional remedy for sins.
The conditions for penance deserve personnal attention for one's own failures and the confessional is where pennance may be had.
Good luck and Good Lent.
Here's another, Leag.
It's real interesting. Lots of talk about indulgences which I consider sin credits.... kind of like carbon credits.
This pdf is thankfully recieved, though the first response is missing a question.
I find this indulgence definition right on; A remission of the temporal punishment due to sin, the guilt of which has been forgiven.
Good Lenten stuff.
IMO, too soon to declare an unfruitful Lent. It's not over...