Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Ash Wednesday

It was on an Ash Wednesday that I came home to the Catholic Church. It's a beautiful time to come into the Church. It's like a New Years- a time to make resolutions, a time to reflect on our lives. We give up things: TV, video games, or sweets. We begin something new like going to daily Mass or praying the Rosary. Some of us give up something we wish to be rid of forever, like cigarettes or swearing.

But what do these earthly things have to do with our relationship with God? As you know, we are physical as well as spiritual creatures and well, Peace Garden Mama said it better than I. See her blog post to read what she says so eloquently. It's one I know I'll go back and read throughout Lent.

Friday, February 12, 2010

A Word About Dogma

Dogma. Why do so many think it's a dirty word? I've heard people say, "I wouldn't mind the Catholic church except for all of the dogma." They pronounce dogma in a choked whisper like saying it out loud will cause their tongues to fall out.

Dogma is the truth we know about God. Who is against truth? Well, I know who is against truth; we won't speak of him here.

For a fab article on dogma go to: "Dogma Is Not a Dirty Word". It speaks with much more wisdom and gives more facts than I even pretend to. Me, I'm just blathering.

Nobody ever complains about the dogma of other religions. I've never heard anybody say, "I just can't get around the dogma of Buddhism," or Shinto, or Eskimo Shamanism. In fact these days, at least where I live, varied religions are celebrated and embraced. People study them and try them on like new shoes. But not Catholicism. It's popular to bash our dogma. But I've never been one to go with what's popular.