18 April 2006

Lately, I have to admit...

..that I've been having a crisis of faith. I always thought, when I heard that phrase growing up, that it would be much more dramatic -- ringing bells, weeping women, that sort if thing. But really, I think it's just been part of the restlessness and dissatisfaction I've been feeling.

I was raised Catholic, and went to Catholic school for years -- I enjoyed my faith, it brought me a sense of confidence and peace, at least then. I don't know if it was an issue of blind acceptance before, or if I simply experienced more of the world. It was very difficult for me to reconcile my faith -- I memorized that little pocket catechism, I knew all those little details -- with what I found I actually believed in reality. I stopped going to church -- not so much out of protest because I didn't see the point. According to what I knew, I was 'living in sin.' Because you need to go to confession before participating in mass, and because you need to actually be sorry and willing to change for confession to bring absolution, I didn't see how going would do me any good. I thought I was a good person, though I know I made my mistakes, and I didn't think the things I did -- participating in a loving, monogamous relationship, supporting a woman's right to choose, etc -- were wrong.

The last few months, though, I've spent a lot of time thinking about religion -- just because I don't go to mass doesn't mean spirituality isn't important to me. By chance, I was working one weekend up by the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, a beautiful place that I always enjoyed visiting in high school, and I decided to stop in. It was a moving experience for me, I spent way longer than I'd meant to there... but I didn't feel any different. I've been to church a few times. I pray, though not quite the way I'd been taught. I'm not sure how much of my discomfort is that old sense of habit, all the rules I still know in the back of my mind, or an actual issue with my faith.

Sunday, I was over at my parent's house having dinner for Easter, when my dad realized it was time for Benediction (he watches it on TV at 7 oclock regularly). He's always been very devout, and two bouts with two difference cancers has only heightened this, which is fine. He just kinda mentioned it, excused himself (dinner was over, we were just talking) and went to watch. My mom's reaction, however, really disturbed me.. when he left, she remarked that she should have realized it was time, and that she must be a bad person for having forgotten. I was taken aback. Without really intending to get into a discussion about religion, I brought up the point that Jesus didn't go to Benediction either, so he couldn't really hold it against her.

I'm not sure really how to phrase what's bothering me, so maybe this whole post is pointless. How can you draw the distinction between what's actually important in faith -- any faith, they all follow the same basic mechanisms -- from things that people have added in? Are the things people added over the years just as important -- maybe they're meant to help later generations learn from follies of the previous ones. Or are they part of an agenda that may or may not be relevant today? If you throw off organized systems all together, do you simply rely on the conscience?

I don't know.

It's very frustrating for me.


17 April 2006

To the point?

I'm feeling very restless tonight.


11 April 2006

Why my sister is awesome

Crazy diabetic cat lady who works out at the gym: So, where are you working this summer?

Lawnmower: In the Aquatics office.

Crazy diabetic cat lady who stalks all the lifeguards: Oh, that's great! If they need a lifeguard, you'll be there.

Lawnmower: Right. In case someone starts drowning in the toner...


03 April 2006

Happy Monday

Don't forget to change the batteries in your smoke detectors. And now, for your reading enjoyment...

Spider-hunting nudist burns own buns
Aussie pours gasoline in spider hole, lights match; arachnid’s fate unknown

SYDNEY - A red-faced Australian nudist who tried to set fire to what he thought was a deadly funnel web spider's nest ended up with badly burned buttocks, emergency officials said on Monday.

The 56-year-old man was at a nudist colony near Bowral, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) southwest of Sydney, on Sunday when he spotted what he believed to be a funnel web spider hole.

Ambulance workers, including a helicopter crew, were called to the scene after the man poured gasoline down the hole and then lit a match in an attempt to kill the offending arachnid.

"The exploding petrol fumes left the man with burns to 18 percent of his body, on the upper leg and buttocks," the NRMA Careflight helicopter rescue service said in a statement.

It said the man's lack of clothing probably contributed to the extent of his burns.

"The fate of the bunkered spider was unknown, although other guests at the resort thought it was probably a harmless trapdoor spider and not a deadly funnel web," the statement said.

NRMA Careflight said it was called to a property in the same area in January when another man kicked a spider that was crawling up the wall of a friend's cabin. The man broke his leg in two places, it said.