Friday, July 13, 2012
7 Quick Takes Friday
Our Lady of Sorrows, watch over her.
2) I've been struggling with feelings of depression and burn-out. I'm going to be looking for a local NAMI group to join. I wish there were a CHADD group nearby.
3) Yesterday was the feast of St. Benedict. I am especially attracted to his idea of stability. Life isn't always smooth sailing, in spite of promises by some televangelists and advertisers. Stability is one of the cornerstones of love. It is what makes us stick by someone through think and through thin.
4) I've been doing some preliminary research on ADD and it is amazing what I'm finding. Factors that may contribute to causality include premature birth and maternal smoking, both of which apply to me (and my mother respectively) Along with distractability, ADD symptoms can include impulsivity (which, if involving food, can lead to weight gain) and slow processing. So much is making sense.
5) The pastor where I go to daily Mass often preaches on the importance of focusing more on living out our Christian lives and less on the outward "trappings" of Christianity and Catholicism. This is hitting me where I live right now. I think, if a person or group's focus is too much on outward signs of piety, it can lead to a kind of "shunning" (either overt or covert) of those perceived to be on the "outside" of the group. We need to keep a close watch on ourselves if we find ourselves thinking that someone is not a "true" Catholic just because they don't happen to have a particular devotion that we favor. I don't think approved devotions should be suppressed, but, in my opinion too much "official" focus on them can lead to marginalization of parishioners whose spirituality does not include those particular devotions.
6) In spite of my support for getting rid of the HHS mandate (or putting in place a *real* conscience clause), I *am* in favor of universal health care in one form or another. I think many Catholics are cutting off their noses to spite their faces when they tow the Republican Party line insisting that people without healthcare are lazy and evil. We are morally obligated, as a society, I think, (and the bishops do too) to make sure everyone is cared for. We need to stop the partisan politics and start caring for each other. If we are innately suspicious of the Church's teachings on social justice, we are not in line with the Church.
7) I really think that focus away from active love is what is killing our parishes and our faith. We need to not only set a good example of what Christians are, but we need to literally do what Jesus did--help, love and heal others. We need to be counter-cultural, and right now kindness is the most counter-cultural thing we can do as Christians.