Today is the fifth day of Christmas.
On the 5th day of Christmas my True Love gave to me... Gabby!
BTW. I don't know what the Hobby Lobby is... well I kinda do, but I haven't been paying much attention to it because it is probably the first of many such cases and I can't do anything about it. I also don't have insurance - so I'll be fined myself.
I haven't paid much attention to the Fiscal Cliff deal either - I've already fallen off - I'm poor.
Speaking of poor, did you know the poor can be proud? Let me explain. Someone wanted to give me a donation and I refused saying, "I don't take donations." So full of myself, huh? Too good to take donations - how is that virtuous? The donation thing has always been my rant - that I'm so above the kindness of strangers. How strange, huh? So I'm considering doing a Donate button now. Haha! You see, if I had accepted the donation, I would have allowed the benefactor to perform an act of charity, and I in turn could have helped a friend whose car is in the shop and she can't afford to get it out, nor pay her rent, nor buy groceries. I'm not a good poor man at all. I'm a bad man.
The other day I glanced at a blog written by a person who is an extraordinary champion and defender of the faith. This person will take on anyone in the blogosphere of Catholic teaching and orthodoxy. Valiant soul! This person assured the readers of the blog she held them up in prayer throughout these days of Christmas. That is truly a beautiful thing, and a wonderful act of charity indeed.
The tone reminded me of myself. In those times of feeling so close to the Lord, convinced I'm doing so well spiritually and faithful to the teaching of the Church, and so on. Praying for all of you - and my enemies too. "Assuring you of my prayers!" "Be assured of my prayers!" "United to you in prayer." As well as the priestly, "Sending up prayers right now..." or "Lifting you up in prayer!" - Oh wait - I don't say that. Anyway - it's all good, I'm not at all criticizing prayer for one another - prayer is charity, it is an act of mercy - in fact we are obliged to pray for one another. Although sometimes I think we can secretly congratulate ourselves in fulfilling this particular duty, and maybe attribute to ourselves just a little too much perfection. Sometimes we think we did something or we obtained something for someone else. Especially when praying for enemies. Slice, dice and pray. Sometimes - at least in my case - we fail to realize our enemies may have a reason to dislike us, therefore, our prayer might better be understood as one of reparation than lifting any one up... an act of justice, more than of mercy.
Sometimes we holier-than-thou types, who only get by on a wing and a prayer ourselves, can be in denial as regards our own faults and failings... it's the Pharisee and the publican thing enacted all over again... and again... and again. (We also have to remember we can't be holier than the Church...)
As the psalmist prays, "From my hidden sins acquit me O Lord!"
Oh my God! I have this huge log in my eye! Have mercy on me a sinner!
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.
One final note - it seems to me total consecration to Our Lady and the faithful recitation of the rosary covers a multitude of sins, as well as all our prayer needs and intentions. Our Lady not only helps free us from sin, she applies our prayers according God's will - not ours.
Keep an eye on Terry -
he's got a lot of people fooled!