Here's this year's "calendar" for your reading (dis)pleasure. We start off Ash Wednesday by unscrewing our light bulbs (why don't they just suggest we not turn the lights on?). Oh, things get even more profounds as we continue. On March 20th, we are instructed to "Go for a walk. Get wet. Dig the earth." Wow! Can ya (wait for this!) dig this? Cool! Groovy, man! We can tell this mess was compiled by now-aged 1960-style hippies who never quite grew up!
On April 3rd, we are served the obligatory "environmental guilt trip". That is, we're supposed to "think prayerully" how we, the "richest nation", are consuming 80% of the world's resources. Not mentioned, of course, is that the US is actually developing the bulk of the resources. On April 6th, we're urged to watch some environmentalist propaganda; we're given a list of movies from which to select. Of course, Al Gore's Inconvenient Truth is included. Hey - if we're going to "think prayerfully" on something, how about the "inconvenient truth" that 3500 babies are being murdered every day in this country? Now that is something for which the US should be ashamed - including Al Gore, a big proponent of baby-murder.
On March 26th, they're going to celebrate Earth Hour! What is that? Why, they're "taking action on climate change" by (now wait for this lovely suggestion!) turning off your lights for one hour at 8:30pm local time. Well, guess what? I'll have every light in my home blazing during that hour! We can call this "Light Up The Night!"
By the way - did you notice all the crass, profit-centered commercials, masquerading as "climate-friendly suggestions" (shal we say)? In addition to their own "shameless self-plug" on April 15th, we see on April 13th a number of seed and gardening suppliers suggested to us. On March 23rd, we're urged to "reward ourselves for all our efforts so far - with chocolate!" Then they plug "theochocolate". Hey - I love chocolate as much as anyone else does - but can't they be honest about these promotions? Sheesh!
Enough of this envirowhacko profanation and exploitation of Lent! Here are some time-honored suggestions.
- If you're not attending daily Mass, try to get there a few times a week
- Make a good confession (mandatory if you're in mortal sin)
- Attend Stations of the Cross
- Pray at an abortion mill where babies are dying. For locations close to you, consult http://www.40daysforlife.com/ and search for a local presence there.
- Contribute money to a pro-lfe charity that actually will save babies. Some suggestions are on the right side-bar