Battle Between Carnival and Lent by Jan Miense Molenaer
Yet I do a post.
Many people are angry and trying to come up with reasons for the latest mass killings. They want to claim this or that reason for why and how it happened. People who think they have the solutions and all the answers - until the next one.
I'm no longer surprised by this stuff - my only surprise is that it wasn't worse.
So let's do Lent.
Oh. I just want to mention that I'm also surprised by those priests - who hear confessions and have heard them for years - complain that they don't understand Pope Francis and what some Cardinals are saying about discernment, and so on. Sinners get it. The sacrament of penance is for sinners - people who sin and keep trying. I can't over simplify that enough. Nor can the Pope. I don't have a lot to say about it. One simply has to ponder it deeply.
We're all sinners.
Those who don't admit it and those who feel themselves justified and judge and condemn others, are assassins.
I've been thinking of what the Pope said last year on Ash Wednesday:
It is the time to reflect and ask ourselves what we would be if God had closed his doors to us. - Pope Francis 2017I can't stop thinking about it. How much worse would I be? What would I be if God had not allowed me to receive him in Communion when I was still so far away from him? What would I be if he didn't allow me to confess my sins, sometimes day after day, repeated sins - over and over and over? How much worse, how much more corrupt and hypocritical? Yet His mercy endures for ever.
So far I'm not doing so well with Lent.