I woke up on Sunday feeling quite grumpy; no particular reason, just grumpy. And I really didn't want to go to church either.
That's unusual for me. I realize many people think church is a drag...a "why bother if I don't get anything out of it experience", but I like Mass. It's the compass for my week - keeps me focused in the right direction. But Sunday, I was just annoyed.
The hymns were annoying, the people were annoying - well, you get the idea. I shoulda just stayed home, I thought.
So why didn't I? What compelled me to go to an event that I didn't want to go to, that I didn't feel like participating in, and really, I "didn't get anything out of"?
I suppose you might say it was Catholic guilt. It IS, gentle reader, a mortal sin (for my non-Catholic readers, that a biggie) to miss Mass on Sundays. My mom always told us that the only reason we could miss Mass is if we were to sick to go to our dying mother's bedside, …
There's a new button on my blog: "Catholics Adopt". If you follow the link, you'll find a new website. This is an association of Catholic lay people who wish to offer support for all types of folks involved in adoption: birth parents, adoptive parents, those experiencing infertility.
We are not "experts" in a professional sense, but we are experts in that we've all lived through part of the adoption process. We hope to grow and reach out, being a support to many.
I got invited, via Facebook, to attend an "I was born this way" event. I assume this was borne of the Lady Gaga album, and her invitation to understand that all people are to be accepted just the way they are. I "think" this is mostly pointed at the acceptance of homosexuals but I'm not really sure. I read the lyrics, and that seemed to be the general idea. (Let's just say it wasn't Shakespeare....Perhaps it would have been more clear had I listened to the song? Perhaps not.)
I don't agree with the "let's just accept everyone the way they are", though.
I mean, really, I'm selfish. I can hold a grudge, and I can give a tongue-lashing like nobody's business. It's my nature. I was born that way.
I realize the concept isn't supposed to be an excuse for bad behavior, but of course, many, many people take it that way. Watch reality tv: people doing thoughtless, rude things to others, and proclaiming it is simply the…