"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.
Monday, December 28, 2009
Christmastide - the new penitential season.
And other thoughts of course...
Post-Christmas diets. If you work in an office or are amongst people anywhere after Christmas Day, you will most certainly hear people complaining of how much they ate, drank, and all the weight they gained. See - that's just so odd, foolish virgin talk - they pigged out all through Advent and are doing their penance during the most wonderful time of the year.
Holy day and Sunday obligations. Remember a few days - weeks ago - I know, it's all a blurr, but I wrote on how some pastors and religious writers cannot bear to suggest attending Mass on Sundays and Holy days is actually an obligation. They prefer to believe that people will attend because they want to, out of devotion and religious fervor. That's so sweet! Anyway - many protestant sects, as well as the Obamas, are not obligated to attend church on Christmas, and they don't. Just sayin' Johann - that argument is shot to hell isn't it.
Christmas songs recorded by popular singers. They shouldn't ever be played. I was in several stores last week and the very worst Christmas songs I ever heard were played over the sound system. One by Willie Nelson that sounded like some old drunk singing in a bar. The other, "Ave Maria" sung by Stevie Wonder. Horrible. It was just horrible. Now you know why unbelievers want Christmas eliminated from the public square.
Kids in Santa hats. Did you know moms put baby girls in baby wigs now? I didn't - but I saw a lot of baby girls in Santa hats at Mass on Christmas. So anyway. I went to the Children's Mass Christmas Eve. It was wild - but I wanted to go early because we were having a big snow storm and I did not want to go out later or go out the next day. I saw the Griswolds there - really, about 100 families of them. I also noticed many 2 parent professional families with multi-national children - obviously adopted. I could tell the women were professional because they wore suits, and the children were obviously from other countries because they looked entirely different from the parents. (Nothing wrong with that.) The parish I attend is rather affluent - I mention that because it is very expensive to adopt. Believe me, I think it is wonderful to adopt; children from the U.S. or elsewhere - I also know it's hard to get babies, unless you adopt from other countries. I know a little about the process from friends who adopted, I also know there are many reasons people adopt, and so on. So what's my point? I'm not sure.