The past few days I have been sick and am so sorry that I haven’t made my blog rounds in recent days. I felt better today so Kevin and I took the opportunity to travel to Steubenville, OH (about a 45 minute drive from where we live) to attend a Rick Santorum rally. I had been wanting to see him in person so it was awesome to be able to see Rick today. The place where he was speaking was packed with lots of people – at least 500 people were in attendance. What was really cool though, is that I was able to shake his hand. Since I am sorta height challenged my sweet hubby recorded all the video footage of Santorum’s speech. I had a little bit of trouble with YouTube so I will post the videos of the rally tomorrow. God must have paved the way, granted me temporary healing or something, because now I feel almost as horrible as I did yesterday during the day.
It is almost the beginning of Lent. We are supposed to fast on Ash Wednesday and avoid eating meat on both Ash Wednesday and all Fridays during Lent. I asked my husband if he knew the reason behind these traditions, or where they were derived. He pointed me to the writings of the Early Church Fathers called The Didache. Here is a passage from the Didache:
Chapter 8. Fasting and Prayer (the Lord’s Prayer). But let not your fasts be with the hypocrites, for they fast on the second and fifth day of the week. Rather, fast on the fourth day and the Preparation (Friday). Do not pray like the hypocrites, but rather as the Lord commanded in His Gospel, like this:
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily (needful) bread, and forgive us our debt as we also forgive our debtors. And bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one (or, evil); for Thine is the power and the glory for ever..
Pray this three times each day.
Here is a prayer from St. Albert the Great on Conscience:
O Lord Jesus Christ, Who seekest those who stray and receivest them when returning, make me approach to Thee through the frequent hearing of They Word, lest I sin against my neighbor by the blindness of human judgement, through the austerity of false justice, through comparing his inferior status, through too much trust in my merits or through ignorance of the Divine Judgement. Guide me to search diligently each corner of my conscience lest the flesh dominate the spirit.