Saturday, April 04, 2009
I am a cradle Catholic.
An old tradition of the church was the offering of indulgences
which were briefly according to the Catholic encyclopedia:
" the extra-sacramental remission of the temporal punishment due, in God's justice, to sin that has been forgiven," God indulges the undeserving but contrite relief from punishment.
It's an interesting word and on closer examination I see my failures were due to self overindulgence.
I over ate didn't exercise and got fat.
I started every Monday for year with a gung ho unrealistic attempt to loose alot of weight fast- occasionally I made it to Tuesday
I over did exercise, got sore and stopped.
I'd get myself into projects that overwhelmed me.
I failed because I would "run with scissors".
Every thing I did, I did big.
I indulged myself.
When I failed I would get depressed and I'd overeat and get fatter.
A few years ago a dear friend was dying of cancer,
A friend and I decided to have a Ladies Tea for no particular spoken reason,
but the very specific reason was to pay our respects to her beloved living self.
We learned about all of the different kinds of "TEAS"
We settled on our own homespun design.
We invited many ladies.
We made the tea and asked each lady to bring a small treat to share (including our sick dying friend who would have had a fit if we didn't ask her).
On short notice, everyone came from far and wide.
It was simple, easy and elegant.
For every soul who attended, it was one of the loveliest,
most memorable afternoons of their lives.
We indulged one another.
A few short weeks later, our friend was gone.
What ever happened to simple tea with friends?