These pictures are of a little portable shrine that my Lay Dominican student in formation made for me. He did this on his own; it was not an assignment. It started out as a small tin box that once contained "ALTOIDS," the breath mint. Inside he glued a rosary ring on one side and some medals on the other. On the outside is taped a holy card on the front and back. On one side it reads, "Praise, Bless, Preach." The other side says it in Latin, "Laudare Benedicere Praedicare."
I use it to carry my rosary. When I'm waiting for this or that, I take it out, open it in front of me, and pray. It's a little prayer shrine.
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.....