I've always found it a bit ironic that St. Patrick's Day occurs during Lent. Some Catholics (not all) typically forgo some indulgence as a form of discipline and self denial in the 40 days prior to Easter. And some Catholics (not all) create an excuse to allow this holiday of sorts to be an exception to Lent. It can be a further disappointment when St. Patrick's Day happens to coincide with one of the Fridays in Lent - which in NO uncertain terms are deemed as days of fasting and abstinence.
Like most Catholic families, when we were growing up my parents always insisted on my siblings and me to sacrifice something during Lent. Typically we would do the most common things: candy, TV or something simple. I'm pretty sure I grasped the significance at an early age, but I don't know exactly when the whole sacrifice idea became so blindly ritualistic. So much so that at times I didn't know what I could do or give that would make a difference, seeing as everyday life was hectic enough.
Well I just wanted to wish all my friends and family and unknown internet readers a very Merry Christmas. I know that this year has been tough for many so if you stop and think about it, chances are that the simple things you have in life put you well above the millions in poverty, homeless or with broken families today. And even though this day isn't different from others, it's a good day for reflection, whether religious or not.
Even though it will be debated as to whether or not Mel Gibson's The Passion of The Christ will win over any converts, no one can argue that it didn't make people want to repent: A controversial movie led a man to confess to killing his girlfriend, Fort Bend County deputies told News2Houston Thursday. ... Authorities said that Leach confessed to the crime after seeing Mel Gibson's controversial movie, "The Passion of The Christ"
I haven't had a chance to update for the past few days. Lots of little events here and there that have been occupying my time. Well the only important thing I need to do is wish everyone some holiday cheer. For all my friends, family and others I want to wish you all a warm and Merry Christmas. May the miracle of Christ's birth bless you and all those you hold dear.