This post isn't about Mary. Partly because I've
- Written about Mary before
- Got the teaching authority of some guy with a blog
- Decided to write about something else
- "Solemnity of the Holy Mother of God"
Homily of Pope John Paul II (January 1, 2001)
If you think that sounds tame, I agree.
If you're expecting a rant about the evils of things I don't enjoy doing: you'll have a long, long, wait. I try to avoid emulating Carrie Nation and other hyperactive do-gooders.
It's interesting, how calling someone a philanthropist is a compliment, but being called a do-gooder: is not so much. And that's yet another topic.
I wrote about New Year's Eve celebrations, how to avoid hangovers, and my far-from-wild plans, in another blog, as 'the Lemming:'
- "New Year's Eve Celebration, and How to Survive It"
Apathetic Lemming of the North (December 30, 2011)
Having a Good Time: And Remembering ItAbout the closest I'm likely to come to ranting about the 'evils of Demon Rum' is saying that I think having a good time is okay. And that I like to remember the good time I had, the next day. I know that alcohol and drug abuse are real problems: but I don't think having a conniption will help.
I don't think alcohol, Bingo, or television, are satanic. The trick seems to be partly a matter of moderation.
As usual, here are a few links:
- Avoiding excess is a good idea
- Don't abuse
- Don't abuse
- Games of chance
- Aren't contrary to justice by themselves
- Moral problems start when
- "They deprive someone of what is necessary to provide for his needs and those of others"
- Someone cheats
- Idolatry is a really bad idea
- It's not just about physical idols
Champagne, Dinner, and a Flannel TongueThose are some of the reasons that I don't celebrate New Year's Eve with champagne, taxis, designated drivers, more champagne, wine, still more champagne, bars, dinner, hors d'oeuvres, and waking up with a flannel tongue.
But I don't cackle in glee, either, imagining eternal torment in the flames of Hell for folks who aren't just like me. Like I've said before, "having good judgment isn't being judgmental." Then there's Matthew 7:1-5; Luke 6:37-38, 41-42; and Romans 2:1-11.
It Boils Down to LoveMatthew 22:36-40, Mark 12:28-31 say that there are two really important rules: love God; love my neighbor.
I don't think gloating over the suffering of my fellow-sinners is particularly 'loving.' But, like I've said before, "love" doesn't mean "approval." Which is why I sometimes suggest alternatives to culturally-normative, but destructive, activities.
Not that I think everybody should stay home and watch television on New Year's Eve. There wouldn't be much to see, if some folks weren't screaming their lungs out in Times Square and other locales.
One more thing: Happy New Year!
- "Faith, Works, and Spirituality for Dummkopfs"
(October 5, 2011)
- " 'Legislating Morality' - My Take"
(June 28, 2011)
- "Catholicism: Obligations, Penance, Fasting; and Cartoons"
(December 18, 2010)
- "Jesus Christ, Beer, Tobacco, Idols and Indian Law"
(February 22, 2010)
- "Halloween's Coming: Why aren't I Ranting?"
(October 29, 2009)