I’m fairly excited! I am a sponsor this year for someone coming into the Church! As much as I’m doing it for him, it’s actually quite important for me as well. It is giving me the opportunity to reflect and kind of relive the experience I had almost seven full years ago with Andy and Megan at my side (and I almost started giggling in Mass yesterday thinking about shower comas—inside joke). It can be easy to forget about the truth behind an emotional decision made in the past as the fires of a passion for Christ glow as embers now as opposed to a raging out of control fire. But these rites I’m going to be supporting this catchumen through remind me of those days when I was blazing, not knowing really what was going on, only knowing I was being called by God to something amazing. I cannot wait to participate in the Easter Vigil!
Me when someone is like “I’m ashamed to be Catholic cuz…I’m proud to sin.”
This quick might not be sensitive, so if you don’t have a spine or skin or can be triggered by words that aren’t sugar and spice and everything nice, scroll down a few inches.
You aren’t ashamed to be Catholic, you’re ashamed that you aren’t Catholic and are being reminded that you aren’t. You can call it what you want, but to in claim in the same sentence unapologetic pride for sinning and shame for being Catholic is an lotosclerosis contradiction. Pride for sinful action is the opposite of repentance, it is the slayer of humility and is foreign to Catholicism. It is impossible to practice the Catholic faith while embracing your sin or propensity for sin as a good. It is equally impossible to faithfully practice the Catholic faith while publicly declaring her teaching on sexuality to be sh*t. The fact is, you may be baptized Catholic, and for that your soul will always be marked by God, but you aren’t truly interested in discipleship with Christ. You are ashamed. Not to be Catholic, but rather that you’ve heard Jesus’ call to take up your cross and follow him, but have refused to follow, but want the reward just the same. You’ve heard and seen him admonish the sinner in tender love, but you reject it. You’ve seen his example of selflessly taking your sins to the cross, but don’t believe that had anything to do with you because you were “born this way”, it’s God’s fault, so you reject him on the cross. You see others who have or are trying to follow Christ, no matter how much it hurts, and you are ashamed not of what they do, but that you yourself don’t have the guts or humility to follow Christ, so you disparage them to feel better about yourself.
Sorry to sound harsh, but your soul isn’t a game. It has immeasurable worth to God and he offers you nothing short of his life to save it and bring it to perfection, but you don’t get a redo at the end of this life if you reject his mercy. You won’t always have time to embrace this false martyr complex. You need to decide today: do you want temporal pleasure through lifeless and fruitless homogenital-anal acts or do you want to be everything God made you to be? You might not get a tomorrow to change your mind.
(Also, I do see the irony of using Portia de Rossi in the above gif)
Not a huge football or Super Bowl fanatic, but I did enjoy many of the Super Bowl ads. Pro aborts did not, however.
Geez, like how much do you actually have to hate life? Talk about extremist anti-choicers. Just the mere thought of someone enjoying life, the thought of someone loving their blob of cells or making a blob of cells that will nine months from now magically become a human that is loved threatens the very world they live in. Joy and love are not acceptable to their worldview, even joy and love between others. Not only that but these two tweets are simply offensive. The first essentially denigrates all those children and people who appeared in the Super Bowl babies commercial. The message is that their parents should have used protection, that they are mistakes, and that their lives should not be celebrated, and that last night, everyone should have used protection because we don’t need any 2016 Super Bowl babies. The second is simply anti-science. Of course a human woman carries a human fetus. There is no such thing as humanizing a fetus, it already is human and has been since conception, this is an empirical fact. The real question is about personhood. Personhood isn’t something that can be tested empirically. Any assumption one draws about what qualifies as personhood is just that: an assumption. There is no definitive test that can prove a fetus is or isn’t a person, only that it is a unique individual human being. The question is both above our pay grade and completely out of ability to determine. That means, however, that the gravity of abortion is still serious, perhaps even more so because of the possibility of murdering millions of persons each year.
The point I mean to make though, is that it is clear that the mouthpieces of the pro abortion movement are threatened by any message and choice that flows from love, joy, and celebration of life. It’s rather sad and pathetic.
Don’t forget that Lent begins on Wednesday. The Church, in her apostolic power to bind and loose, given to her by Jesus Christ in the Gospels, binds all Catholics of the proper age and who are not pregnant or have some other serious condition to abstain from meat on Wednesday and to fast. The Church fast consists of one regular sized meal and two smaller meals which together are less than one regular meal. And don’t forget, if Ash Wednesday Mass is the first Mass you’ve been to since Christmas or longer, you cannot take Holy Communion until you’ve made a Confession of missing Mass on Holy Days which is a grave sin (all Sunday’s are Holy Days of Obligation).
Also, Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation, contrary to popular belief.
I’m doing two things for Lent this year. Instead of taking up fasting above what I normally do (which is still more than what Holy Mother Church requires), I’m going to do a personal 30 day Ignatian retreat. I have a copy of the book of exercises and at one point had done about two weeks worth, but this Lent I plan to do the 30 days of exercises over 40 days. The other thing I’m going to do is to read Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI. It was a recomendation by Fr. Walz yesterday at Mass.
This week’s image of mercy: Jesus admonishes Mary Magdalene to sin no more.