Much to my surprise, I came across a saint I became acquainted with a couple of years ago. I was reading Magnificat, April 2014, "Saint Who?". Not only did I know who Saint Meinrad was, but I could improve that article. Saint Meinrad had one of Europe's famous Black Madonna's. No where in the article does it mention that. That's very strange. That would be the first thing I would mention. There's about four hundred Black Madonna's. Age, fire, and type of wood explain the black color, but they're considered rare and precious.
I was blessed to visit the Benedictine Abbey and attend Mass there. No cameras are allowed, but I blogged about the experience, here.
The statue is kept behind bars. So the Einsiedeln Madonna reminded me of my "cloistered brothers."
My neighborhood once was a haven for families. When my children were young gangs roamed our backyards and walked in and out of our kitchens. Literally, there was a path in the hedges between the house next door and mine. The voices of children echoed in the air. Bus stops had lines of children queuing. My children had a wonderful neighborhood to grow up in. They and I have good memories. That was then; this is now.
For a long time, I've wondered where the children went. I see plenty of young people jogging. I also see many couples, also singles, walking dogs. The thought has occurred to me that people aren't having children nowadays, but rather they're pet owners. Pets are satisfying the human need to love and nurture.
My thoughts were reinforced today by the article, "Fur Babies," in Breakpoint. John Stonestreet articulates what I've long thought. He calls it "pet parenthood," or "fur babies." Young people today opt to care…
The other day, I was talking to a friend about another friend, who is a Wiccan. My friend is into yoga and meditation and she said she was surprised that wiccans meditate, just like Christians do. We kind of ended our conversation with the realization that all religions have a lot in common.
Later on, I came across this examination of conscience on the Defend the Catholic Faith website. It's quite comprehensive. I glanced at the list of sins that broke the first commandment. I immediately recalled my conversation with my friend where we concluded that wicca is on par with Christianity. Yikes! What an idiot I am! I knew it's not; what was I thinking?
And scandal! Scandal is an attitude or behavior that leads one to evil. Hence! That's a sin against the fifth commandment. Who knew?
And "adulation!" I didn't even know what that was. That's being an accomplice in another's vices or grave sins. Ah.....