We now see from Catholic News Services that the so-called "Catholic Coalition On Climate Change" wants us to do things like "give up disposable paper products such as napkins and paper towels" We should be grateful that they didn't include toilet paper in that litany. Of course the incandescent light bulb has to go; that seems to be a common one. Why? Well, as their Dan Misleh says, "Lent is the perfect time to examine our lifestyles," he added. Even giving up a food item like chocolate or ice cream "reminds us that we do need to live more within our means, more in touch with people who don't have any of these things." That's not why we sacrifice things. We do so to remind ourselves that these things are fleeting and that we must prepare ourselves for eternal life. Oh, by the way - they plan to send "Catholic Climate Ambassadors" to
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Forget all this environmentalism. Let this Lent for you be a true time of repentance and renewal. One of the most useful things to come out of the Archdiocese of Washington in recent years has been Cardinal Wuerl's "The Light Is On For You" program. It is an effort to get Catholics to resort to the Sacrament of Confession; and it appears to be working. Prior to that, when I went to Confession, I could just walk straight from the church doors into a confessional. Now I have to wait in lines of 8-10 people. I'm not complaining! This is a good, healthy sign that people are taking their spiritual welfare seriously. So go to Confession - regularly. Get to daily Mass.
I'd also suggest prayer at the abortion centers, to ask God's mercy on our nation and to perhaps reach out to troubled women. Today was the start of the 40 Days for Life, a campaign of prayer and outreach that is now international in scope. To learn more of this program and to find a location near you, visit that website and click on the locations tab. Right off the bat I can tell you that there are campaigns in Silver Spring, Germantown, College Park, Northwest DC, Fairfax, Severna Park.