...as St. Paul said. Well, having a disagreement with two distantly related cousins about homosexual practice and the Catholic faith has made our relationship even more distant. At least we don't have the same last name! They were on the supporting side of the homosexual viewpoints, and I was on the Catholic side. Then, last night one of my team mates on Mary's Graces (a team on Etsy) posted a prolife message in the team forum and was shot down by the captain for 'imposing her beliefs on others,' esp. since the captain it turns out is prochoice. So I took up Joan of Arc's banner and went into a battle of morality in words with the captain. My gut feeling last night was after I had said everything that supported my Catholic faith and being prolife was to quit the group because people like that do not change overnight. Finding my inner strength in my faith and our Blessed Mother and Christ Jesus, I gave her (the captain) an ultimatum of change/reconsider your views or I leave. Imagine my non-surprise when I found out she had kicked me out of the group this morning.
I was having trouble picking a Lenten penance because I was struggling with all the suffering I was going through, but not anymore. From now until Easter vigil I will pray one rosary for the conversion of my cousins, and one chaplet of Divine Mercy for the conversion of believers and practitioners of abortion (and an end to abortion!) each and every day. Especially since the birth control act was passed into law requiring Catholic healthcare providers to cover birth control in medical situations and insurance. This is most urgent that I will not wait for Ash Wednesday. Starting earlier will be part of that penance. And I am rejoicing to suffer for Christ!