What follows is the one I learned way back in the 70s … my first confession scared the Beetle Juice out of me. I am sure I had already sinned at that early age of 7 or 8 in the technical sense of what constitutes a sin but I hadn’t done anything to write home about. Twas the beginning of my catholic guilt which continues to this day. Hole in the ozone, caused by me … single-handedly. Seriously? Yes Meredith Grey.
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins because of Thy just punishments, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who art all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin.
Now comes the blasphemy part … or what some may think of as blasphemy. I’m going to say something here with no disrespect intended. Having to place a disclaimer like this sort of alludes that I am about to offend people right?
But I’ve been thinking … night a day kind of thinking. About important stuff. Like the state of our union and all that jazz. And I think people have become down right mean. Not you fine folks. But people at large. Thank goodness there are still good people in the world 🌍 Of that I am sure. But what is front page and in my face lately makes me cringe. And I think why can’t we all just get along? Naivety at its’ finest. Think about it though. Maybe we’re making things too complicated. Maybe kindness, humility, grace, contrition, and forgiveness could save the day.
When it comes to the Act of Contrition, I think we should sub out God for husband/wife/son/daughter/family/friend/foe/random human being of every race/creed/color. Of course if YOU want to, then YOU can keep God or god or whatever spiritual muse (if any) you believe in. I simply ask that we add the others folks along the way when the time comes. People think words fall short but we have to start somewhere. We should apologize when there is something for which to be sorry. Then the next step is to act contrite by more than lip service. Make amends. Go out and live your best life allowing others …. dare I say helping others to do the same.
As always, more to come.