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Ash Wednesday

Well, here we are again in Lent. I try not to make a habit of beating myself up in public about my many failures as a Catholic, but looking back over the last year it's hard to avoid the truth that this has been a pretty sucky year for me as far as the spiritual life goes. I do have the excuse available that all of this is harder without a supportive community, but it's just that: an excuse. So. I'll take another shot at using the next forty days to get my soul squared away as much as I can, and hope for the best.

It might be mildly amusing to put up a poll asking what people think I should give up for Lent, but on the other hand making a big public deal out of it strikes me as being pharasaitic, and I'm afraid I do too much of that already.

Song unrelated, BTW. No, really.

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huladavid
Feb. 21st, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
Interesting... My church does the whole Ash Wednesday & Lent thing, which is new to me (this is what I get for going to a Presbyterian/Baptist hybrid...) There's a service tonight, with the whole ash business, but I'm... a little uncomfortable with it. Sorta like I'm playing with someone else's religion.

While I think being a Christian isn't about being comfortable all the time, my rule of thumb is if I'm not comfortable doing something, then I shouldn't do it. I guess it might be more of a "if I can't enter into this thing* I should put a hold on it, because I'm not being either honest or sincere."
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*For whatever qualities of "this" that might be.
wombat_socho
Feb. 21st, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
...my rule of thumb is if I'm not comfortable doing something, then I shouldn't do it. I guess it might be more of a "if I can't enter into this thing* I should put a hold on it, because I'm not being either honest or sincere."

This strikes me as pretty reasonable. Ritual is supposed to make us comfortable with the practice of our faith, not constantly annoy and upset us. That's what our fellow congregants are for. :)
huladavid
Feb. 22nd, 2007 10:41 pm (UTC)
I talk about similar stuff in my comment to Joel Rosenberg about political activities.

"That's what our fellow congregants are for." FOFLOLHH!
wombat_socho
Feb. 23rd, 2007 01:09 am (UTC)
I thought you'd appreciate that. :)
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