Good afternoon, darling!
I’d like to split this post into two sections. One is more fun, but demands less of a priority for me. And the other is probably less interesting, but sits higher on the Important List. So, let’s go ahead and start with the one of more importance. 😛
1. Fat Tuesday and Lent
It’s no secret. I’m Catholic. We fast for the 40 days before we celebrate Christ’s Resurrection. This period is known as “Lent.” During this 40 day period, we abstain from meat on Fridays and, on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, we fast. Fasting means that we eat only one regular sized meal and are permitted two snacks before and after.
Why do you do this?
Essentially, though, it’s a time of discipline (the first article does a brilliant job of explaining this much better than I can). We take this time especially to put ourselves aside and make a harder effort to grow closer to God through sacrifices (this is where you might want to read the second article).
Here’s the opening paragraph of the first article (because it does a much better job of explaining than I could 😉 ):
“…Lent is the 40 days before Easter in which Catholics pray, fast, contemplate, and engage in acts of spiritual self-discipline. Catholics do these things because Easter, which celebrates the Resurrection of Christ, is the greatest holy day of the Christian year (even above Christmas) and Catholics have recognized that it is appropriate to prepare for such a holy day by engaging in such disciplines.”
And, because sacrifices start tomorrow… today is Fat Tuesday! Or Mardi Gras. Whichever you prefer. So, I’m binging on one of the best combinations invented by man: peanut butter and chocolate.
Only… this isn’t JUST peanut butter and chocolate.
It’s whipped peanut butter and a king sized Hershey’s chocolate bar.
Did you know there’s such a thing as whipped peanut butter?? I didn’t. Not until last year.
What are you giving up/adding?
I think I’m going to stop eating so much excess and eat only what I need. Your stomach is the size of your fist. So if I eat that much whenever I’m hungry (not bored, but hungry), it’ll be a decent sacrifice.
Also, I’m going to try to donate to those suffering in the Middle East from ISIS attacks and such. I’m trying to shift my focus from worldly possessions to eternal prizes. And I’m hoping that doesn’t sound cheesy. 😛 That’s not to say that you can buy eternal life. For me, it’s more trying to not be so attached to money.
I’m also going to try to devote more time to prayer as I think I’ve been lacking in that department of late…
But let’s go ahead and move on to the second topic:
2. A Thought On Writers
I’m scrolling through Pinterest as I often do during school time. (Don’t judge me. Or other homeschoolers. We’re just privileged jerks. But, mind you, I have a very strict school schedule and I get my crap done. This ain’t the little kids’ playground. Homeschooling requires an insane amount of self-discipline. But I digress.)
And, as I’m scrolling through Pinterest, I see nice pictures of nice-looking people.
Where I would see a psychotic villain, main character, or love interest, the rest of the world sees a picture that goes onto their board… “Cute Guys?” or “Girl Crush?”
I don’t know about you, but, to me, it just seems like writers are so much deeper than the average person. This is not to downgrade anyone else. Not at all! It just seems like writers and artists in general see so much more than the average.
They see a crumbled building. We see shelter for someone on the run or a villain’s HQ (although that can get a bit cheesy).
They see a good lookin’ actor. We see our next murderer.
They see hundreds of people dashing about in an airport. We wonder what their stories are.
Know what I mean?
Just as an artist notices the way light and shadow fall, writers notice people, places, ideas.
We can turn your simply “cute guy” into a con-man, drug dealer, son of an alcoholic, or murderer.
We can build worlds, races, lives.
We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming ‘sub-creator’ and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he knew before the Fall. ~J.R.R. Tolkien
Peace, love, and blessings,