February 24th, 2009


[Mardi Gras] all dressed up and no place to go

The Subject line is not really true, as I could totally have gone to CAUMC's pancake supper (followed by imposition of ashes) but I didn't feel like it. 

Nithya and I were chatting this morning, and she said, "So what are you giving up for Lent?"  I kind of blinked.  My immediate thought was, "Way to assume everyone's Catholic," but I realized that I had probably talked at some point about doing a lot of church and so she made a reasonable assumption.  (I don't actually know if she observes Lent herself.)  I said that I grew up really low church Protestant and it wasn't until I was in college that I learned that Lent wasn't just a weird thing the Catholics did, and I'm not good at giving stuff up (it tends to become all about me and the thing I gave up), but I like the idea of adding some sort of spiritual discipline.  She said she hadn't heard of that idea but that it made a lot of sense.  I also talked about how Lent used to be a period of preparation for people who would be baptized on Easter, and she said she hadn't heard that but she'd heard about it as a period of preparation for priests getting ordained on Easter, which was a similar idea.  I hadn't heard that, so I was Wikipedia-ing tonight (which had the catechumen thing but not the priest thing).

Wikipedia also said: "Traditionally, on Easter Sunday, Roman Catholics may cease their fasting and start again whatever they gave up for lent, after they attend Mass on Easter Sunday. Other Western denominations have also followed this general principle to a greater or lesser degree, although some do not practice Lent and see it as an obscure tradition that the Church practices without Biblical merit."  I clicked on their citation: "The Restored Church of God: The True Meaning of Lent" and immediately felt like I was on the Jehovah's Witnesses' website.  (They actually have an article specifically stating "We Are Not Jehovah's Witnesses or Seventh-Day Adventists," and the potential for conflation is obvious.)  They seem way more focused on answering any questions one might come up with about Scriptural details, in contrast to the JW emphasis on having Biblically based answers for any and all How To Live questions.  (My housemate heard me reading aloud from "How does one determine the beginning and ending of the Sabbath in the Arctic?"Collapse )


Someone emailed the FCS listserv with the second paragraph of this review of The Life of Pi [edit: now with correct link], which made me want to read the book even though every time I pick it up at a book store or something I have no interest.  (I talked to Gillian later, and she said she'd read the book and didn't remember anything in it about religion, so I don't feel bad about not reading the book.)


"Joy Sadhana is a daily practice in the observation of joy."
-mylittleredgirl [more info]

glee-verse for Mardi Gras thanks to Ari [p.s., Molly's email to the listserv tonight began: "Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die to our false selves. What in you needs to die, to make room for spring plantings?  We gather tomorrow for our Ash Wednesday service of repentance and renewal."]
While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew's house, many tax collectors and "sinners" came and ate with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and 'sinners'?"

On hearing this, Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.'[Hosea 6:6] For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."

Then John's disciples came and asked him, "How is it that we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?"

Jesus answered, "How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.

-Matthew 9:10-15 (NIV)
Five good things about today:
1. Work folks actually went to lunch together as a group and it was mostly enjoyable.
2. I got various work things accomplished with less stress than I was anticipating.
3. As far as I was concerned, the walk home was really pleasant.  (Earlier in the day, people were talking about it being extremely cold or whatever.)
4. Ari and I reading aloud pages from the Restored Church of God website to each other.
5. "Does that mean that having sex with Cat Valente means we get free tattoos?" -my housemate, after explaining the premise of Palimpsest
Edit: I meant to mention: not feeling anxious/stressed -- specifically about my current limbo state with certain beloveds. /edit

Three things I did well today:
1. I went to the Collapse )
2. I deflected a complaint at work.
3. I messaged book group about dinner logistics for Friday.

Two things I am looking forward to (doing [better]) tomorrow:
["anything that you're looking forward to, that means you're facing tomorrow with joy, not trepidation," as Ari says]
1. Dinner at Mr. Crepe.
2. Ash Wednesday service.