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Feb 12 -- Ash Wednesday approaches

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

I converted to Catholicism back in college, but I admit that I'm a really bad (aka laxed) Catholic. In fact, I attend a Christian church regularly. There are aspects of the faith that I think are dead-on (no other faith educates and trains believers more thoroughly, and these are some of the most charitable people I've ever seen) but some parts of the faith I have never bought into (Purgatory??? Don't think so! Confession? questionable at best).
Most Protestants don't observe Lent but I think it is a wonderful time that everyone can benefit from. Taking 6 weeks to focus and prepare on the importance of the upcoming holiday and making a small sacrifice as a means of recognizing the huge sacrifice Christ made makes perfect sense to me. That's why I'm looking forward to tomorrow and the weeks to follow.
A recent Spark article suggested several "sacrifices" as well as positive changes we can make in honor of Lent. I'm going to follow a suggestion of theirs and sacrifice my snooze button as well as my late night TV and gaming. For the next 6 weeks, every night I WILL be in bed by 11pm, and when the alarm goes of at 6:15a, my feet are going to hit the floor! I may forgo weigh-ins for the 6 weeks too, but that's more for my sanity than anything else.
I plan to start the day off right with Ash Wednesday Mass at 8:00 a.m. but that isn't "normal" for me so I can only give it my best! Praying I can use the next 6 weeks to grow closer to the Lord and move forward in this journey called life and health. Wishing you all the same!
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NEWMEN2013 2/17/2013 8:40AM

    To those Catholics who read my blog and may have taken offense, I would like to extend my apologies. I did not intend to start a debate on the propriety of any religious teaching or the correctness of any given faith. I thank those of you who were tempted to drive-home your perspective but chose not to.
I have always been very vocal in my opinions, perhaps not the most attractive trait in a person but a part of my personality none the less. My intent in my statements was simply to say that there are pluses and minuses to the Catholic faith (and all other faiths) and I cited a few examples [from my personal vantage point ONLY] to illustrate my view. For those who embrace the concepts that I may question, I would say that perhaps we are at different points in our faith journey and I only pray that we all reach our final destination in God's time where we can unite at His throne and rejoice in His goodness.

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DOLPHINSINGER72 2/14/2013 8:22PM

    I couldn't get up for the 8 o'clock service. I went to the 6:30pm service. I knew I was going to the gym at 10:00 so that would be a little bit of pushing things.

I like the decision you made for your Lenten Sacrifice. Mine is not so much a sacrifice, but a change in habit I am going to turn off all my computers, cell phones, Kindles and spend 15 minutes with an old school Bible reading some passages. I have never read the Bible enough and I would like to change that.

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SPARKLINGHOPE 2/13/2013 9:18AM

    Best wishes from another Catholic :) I respect others religious beliefs.

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TIMOTHYNOHE 2/12/2013 11:37PM

    Purgatory and the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession): I can tell you, as a teacher of religious education for nearly 20 years, are two of the most misunderstood teachings of the Church. And no matter how I explained it to my students (paritcularly Purgatory) they kept falling back to the common misconceptions -- Purgatory as Hell Lite/Heaven-not-quite.

I don't weant to get into a whole "Catholic Apologetics" discussion and you didn't want to draw anyone into one, I am sure.

I definitely agree with you that it is a curious thing about most Protestant sects that they don't celebrate Lent as a time of preparation for Easter. My Sister-in-law doesn't get the whole idea of Good Friday.

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DEBRA123FORME 2/12/2013 10:55PM

  I won't give a full response here bc I am Catholic. My in-laws are Pentecostal and I would never think of saying anything about any religion bc I think it reveals how uneducated a person truly is.
I do not agree with everything the Catholic Church says but no one will ever know what those are. emoticon

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