Penitential Weekend/Life Events
Praised Be Jesus Christ!
Greetings from Frostbite Falls!
I want to thank, yet again, all the kind people who left comments of encouragement and prayerful wishes on this blog and via email. I've been tackling my issues, head on, one at a time over the last several days. I'm not all the way back yet but close.
I decided to have a pentitential plan for the next several days.
First, I decided I'd smear myelf with dog feces, don Zubaz and a leopard print t-shirt and sit in a pile of ashes in the middle of the ice on Como Lake with a sign saying: "I stink and I sin"
But, it's too blasted cold these days so I abandoned that plan. Plus, the fishing on Como Lake is poor so I couldn't even multi-task and ice fish at the same time as I performed my public penance.
Adoro thought my plan was sound. But, she was out skiing yesterday and freezing her eyeballs off on what passes for a mountain around here so how reliable can she be to give good advice? However, she did offer me the use of the ashes from her Weber grill-most thoughtful of her. (She's going to come by here and hit me-just wait for it! LOL!)
My second plan was to go over to the Wisdom Ways Center, run by the "adventurous" Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, and do some drum making, spiritual dancing, yoga, centering prayer and journaling. Maybe, I can even get my palm read! (Meow)
I came to my senses and realized the Church has already given me tried and true tools that may produce the desired result without me having to make a fool out of myself.
I decided that as the Black Anniversary of legal abortion approaches this week (January 22nd) I would spend the days leading up to it praying for a respect for the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death. I still plan to do some specific forms of penance on Tuesday itself but I ramped it up a litle due to my current state in life.
My weekend plans involve penance and acts of mercy. I plan to go to Confession (be ready, Father!), Mass, Adoration, and Vespers on Sunday. I woke up this morning and decided to fast today. I plan to do a lot of prayer and I plan to curl up with The Good Book. I'll be giving alms and praying for the dead. I go to Calvary Cemetary, a huge Catholic cemetary near my house, and I pick a name and pray for that Catholic soul.
That's what I'm up to.
Speaking of life, on Tuesday, January 22nd, the big March for Life takes place at Noon at the State Capital in St. Paul. I can't make it but I will unite myself in prayer. I hope you can make it or join them in prayer from wherever you are.
On Feb. 23rd there is a Pro-Life Conference at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN from 8 to 4:15 p.m. FFI: (651) 485-2313
Pro-Life Action Ministries is, reportedly, having a 40-days for Life prayer vigil to end abortions at Regions Hospital beginning on Feb. 7th and ending on March 15th. I saw it mentioned in the Catholic Spirit but I don't see an organized sign-up anywhere. I've also read they are having an all-day vigil on Good Friday, March 21st. I think these events are still sketchy at this point so check plam.org for details.
The annual Good Friday prayer vigil in front the Highland Park (Ford Parkway in St. Paul) Planned Parenthood (an abortion location) will probably take place too. I look forward to a year when we don't have to have these vigils. I look foward to a time when we can just give thanks to God that human life is respected and valued in all its forms.
Why am I mentioning all these life events now? If you are like me and need to plan ahead, that's why I'm mentioning it all now!
God bless you. I, regularly, remember you in my prayers.