As my church does not hold Ash Wednesday services, my wife and I often attend Roman Catholic mass on that day. The last time we went, the priest began his sermon (not homily, this guy likes to preach!) by telling us how popular Ash Wednesday services have become. His phone had been ringing all week, from all sorts of people calling to find out service times. Some asked if they could just swing by his office and get ash on their forehead. He told them “No,” and that they would have to participate in the whole service in order to receive ash at the end. He said that Ash Wednesday services were already more well attended than Christmas, and, if the trend continued, would even surpass Easter. Despite his striking statistics, he had something even more powerful and convicting to say next. Continue reading The Sacraments as Means of Grace part 5: Reconciliation
There is a Flash game called Smite Thee where you play as Zeus. When an “unbeliever” walks over to steal a brick from your temple, you hit the space bar to smite them with a lightening bolt. I suppose that is one way to handle conflict. I smite thee. Or I can be passive-aggressive and I ignore thee.