Friday, January 6, 2012

More Catholic frustrations and daily life.


Ahhhh, the holidays are over, for the most part.  The only thing left is to de-decorate.  I am so tired.  The good eating and exercising I was doing, well, halted.  I was blowing up like a puffer fish and feeling like a slug.  Then the awful, dreaded stomach bug of 2011.  I got it 2 days before 2012 and it feels like I have been sick for a year.  I lost 10 lbs in 3 days and aside from the smell emanating from me, I was hot.  It is a week later and I am just starting to bounce back.  This is the weekend to take down the decorations and get the house back in order. Ha ha.  The house back in order.  What does that mean?  I am not sure.  
The looming news for us locals is the Philadelphia Archdiocese will be announcing the closings of many Catholic schools in the area.  It is sad and distressing.  It will not help anyone if these schools close.  The already struggling inner city public schools will be flooded with more students. The families that have struggled to pay the tuition for their students to get a better education are basically being shunned.  The Church wants all it’s children to get a Catholic education, however it is now limiting that opportunity and making the Catholic family’s lives that much more difficult.  As if a Catholic’s life is not difficult already.  
I have posted on this blog before about my conflicted views, but I really feel for those that have found their way in the Church and who have found peace in it.  It is a distressing time.  I have a good friend and neighbor who will have to wait until 4 pm today to see if her daughters will have to switch schools next year.  She is a devout Catholic and of all people deserves to be able to send her daughters to the Catholic school that she wants.  I feel for her.
I have plenty of suggestions about how the Church can obtain some money without hurting the school students.  
Why am I still so invested in this?  Why do I still get so fired up?  I am still hoping for the Church to change and be held accountable for it’s wrongdoings.  I am still praying for an uncorrupt religion that is simple in its message and kind in it’s teachings.  I am still waiting for the good priests who live in THIS century (there are many out there) to be put into leadership roles so they can help facilitate the changes needed.  I am still waiting for more of the parishioners to stand up for what is right and what they truly believe in their hearts and not just follow the Church blindly.  I am waiting to come home to my Church.  
Back to the life in my house.  We are playing play-doh and Cars 2 is the movie of the day.  My oldest has a major Lego project when he gets home from school. I will continue/restart my exercising.   Tomorrow will be the day that we take down the tree and the nativity set.  We always keep up the decorations until after Little Christmas.  For those of you not familiar it is also called the Feast of the Epiphany.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Christmas) It is a Catholic thing.  

3 comments:

Bethany said...

Bravo! Love your list of suggestions. Each is a valid solution. Particularly the art and the land. Sell those assets to save the jobs of the teachers who will be out of work when the schools merge. Although fewer schools will be closing than originally foreseen. I can't get started on the same sex marriage and birth control topics. They are hot buttons for me. I went only to catholic school. From kindergarten through college. I loved it. But there is more that I disagree with than agree with. I couldn't, in good conscience, send my boys to catholic school and tell them "believe this, but not that, that, or that". I would love for the church to change. And accept women. And accept homosexuality. And give it up with the birth control already. Until then I won't be associated with it. Because its teaching intolerance and breeding hatred. And that makes me sad. I have learned as I have gotten older that saying "I am sorry and I was wrong" has been extremely difficult at times. But it allows for growth, and isn't that what we should all be working towards? If only the church could say "we were wrong. And we are sorry. Open your hearts to everyone." I think attendance would increase instead of decrease.

Momma said...

Yesterday, I made the mistake of going onto the phillycatholic.com website and read Chaput's response to the church's ongoing birth control controversy with President Obama. Personally I think Obama handled it brilliantly. But Chaput is still complaining. I also made the mistake of arguing with these people. I never do that, I usually just remind myself that I will not be able to change these closed minds, but I did and I feel like an idiot for getting so upset and fired up. I am not even a practicing Catholic anymore, but I still feel so connected. Why? I just don't know! Thanks for your comment. It makes me feel better to know there are others out there who get it!

Momma said...

sorry that is catholicphilly.com not phillycatholic