My Lent 2019 Book List Plans

Is this the year you really want to dive into Lent? Do you want to come out of this Lenten Season and truly feel that you've had a small share of living in the desert with Christ for 40 days? I know that I do. Maybe it's an upcoming birthday that's making me have more of a now-or-never type of attitude towards Lent. Or maybe I just acutely feel the necessity of truly modeling this for my children, and living it with my husband. Whatever it is, these are the books and resources I'm going to use this Lent to really LIVE the season from Ash Wednesday all the way through to Easter Vigil. Look them over. If something looks helpful to you, use it. If it inspires you, go with it. I hope all of these bless and encourage you.

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A response from poverty

A reader writes in my com box:

And the quotes about Catholic Bishops-again- not my interest. I feel that the Catholic Church in the United States is totally corrupt. I believe that Jesus can still be present in the Eurcharist because the validity of priest hood does not lay in the hands of the earth- and the works of places like ST Vincent de Paul are valid.

While it hurts to read it, I can't defend the Catholic Bishops. That scandal hurt a lot of people and it shook the trust of many. St John Chrysostom once said the road to hell was paved with the skull of bishops. Our Bishops are going to have to own the distrust and anger they brought upon themselves. What a shame then that these emotions continue to water down the words of even the righteous bishops, even when they are speaking the truth.

Otherwise....I look at the poor that I serve (that you live with and are at the brink of being) and say "I know that the abortion issue will not be fixed for many years, I will continue to work to abolish it in my own way- through monetary support and help in Crisis Centers- but the voting for the poor is what can be affected by my vote and I WILL vote for Obama."

The commenter's personal comments towards me are correct. I have been pretty open that because of my husband's challenges in setting up a small business, we have certainly had our financial struggles. We live in the inner city where many of our neighbors and friends have similar problems and hardships. That said, I totally recognize that when you look at the truly poor in the world, we aren't even close! We have food, shelter, clothing, and many luxuries that others in the rest of the world just couldn't even imagine. By American standards we might be poor, but I think in many ways we have been truly blessed.

That said, since we are studying American History this year, I cannot help but compare abortion to another civil rights injustice of the past- slavery. How does that sentence play out with that word inserted instead:

"I know that the slavery issue will not be fixed for many years, I will continue to work to abolish it in my own way- through monetary support and help in Crisis Centers- but the voting for the poor is what can be affected by my vote and I WILL vote for Obama"

Put in that context, in my opinion, it sounds silly. We have made inroads with the abortion issue. The gruesome partial-birth abortion procedure was banned, and we have two supreme court justices on the bench now who will support pro-life issues. And that effectively came to be because we had the right pro-life people in the executive branch and in the congress when these issues presented themselves. It doesn't take "many years" to continue to make small chips in the Roe vs. Wade decision.

But we do know from Senator Obama's own words that he will strengthen abortion rights if he is elected. If he signs an abortion rights act it will set the pro-life efforts back at least ten years and many small babies will be killed.

If God condemns my soul for that - He will turn out to be a very small God....and I do not think He is.
God knows my heart and I do not agree that world aggression or tax appeasements to the very rich (which would help me- personally- in the long run) are the way to help the poor or even your children and mine.

I respectfully disagree. The only way to face the aggressors that threaten this country is with aggression. Appeasement and looking the other way was the policy of the Clinton administration and that lead up to the 9/11 attacks. Another terrorist attack will certainly not be good for anyone's children. Tax appeasements to the rich also help my children. My husband sells musical instruments. People with money BUY new instruments. One big sale is equal to many hours at the repair bench trying to make the same monetary gain for my husband. Or its hours of transcription work or e-bay book sales for me! When the wealthy are free to spend their money on goods and services that is always good for middle class and poor families in that it creates and protects jobs and small businesses.

Really, how can you justify a vote for a man who would endanger your own children's health care and future to go to don't have loads of money to send them all to college without scholarships and loans---do you?

I could rephrase that question. How could I vote for a man who voted four times to let the smallest, weakest and most vulnerable members of our society purposely die without any attempt at even palliative care? How could I vote for a man who believes that the best thing for a person of my means is to have government intruding in every aspect of my life from the products I can buy, to my health care, to the education of my children? How can I vote for a man who in the past hasn't even had the guts to take a strong stand on issues one way or the other? A vote of"present" isn't leadership - it's a cop out. Yea, health care is a struggle for my family and college will be too, but I'm not willing to "vote" to get those things while violating my most deeply held convictions and beliefs. That would be voting to lose my soul. I cannot do it.

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