A quote from Ovid, roughly translated as He who is allowed to sin, sins less.
Now, the poem deals with a husband wishing to restrain a young wife and points put how she must own her chastity and that this ownership would make her chaste without spousal restraints.
We have discussed how this may, or may not, apply to our children. And to our relationship with our children.
I found the statement to be true in my own growing up.
My mum was very liberal . I had no curfews, no rules about under age drinking, no dress codes, no rules about bedtimes or books or movies.
I ended up being the most conservative of my friends. I used to make sure I’d be home at a reasonable time, while my friends wouldn’t get home to the minute of their curfew. I felt I had to be responsible so as to not betray my mum’s trust and because I was in charge of myself, I ended up acting as a grown up.
Now, I grew up in a single parent home and as the eldest child, always felt responsible for my mum. I felt I had to protect her. I felt that I had to be better than average, as a justification of sorts for our then unusual lifestyle choices.
So, freedom to sin ( or not) is not the whole story. I had freedom to sin yet I chose not. Because of the freedom? Or because of family dynamics?
Reading of her spiritual life, I am struck by the the strength of her friendship with Fr. Julian Woods. Fr. Woods was Mary’s friend, mentor, spiritual director, confidante.
They shared correspondence. They shared jokes and made light fun of each other.
you leave to read this to your sister Maggie, for perhaps you may misunderstand and she will laugh..”
Margarita Tuchkova , a holy woman of the Borodino community in Russia, who built a memorial church, a women’s community, and a flourishing monastery ~ with the encouragment of her priest, friend and mentor.
St Elizabeth of Hungary and Conrad of Marburg.
Many, many others.
We are lucky to have our priests in our Church. Their role is important and yet can easily be taken for granted.
Why must there be a Catholic priesthood for the survival of the Catholic Church? Listen. In the times of convolution over the past centuries notably in the sixteenth century the Catholic Church disappeared where the necessity of the Catholic Priesthood was denied. There is no Catholic Church without the priesthood instituted by Christ.
To understand this necessity is to have laid the foundations for a correct appreciation of the Church’s ordained priesthood. We may think well of – we may respect – what is useful but we prize we hold onto with all the force of our being with what we think is necessary. We hold onto with our life’s blood what is necessary and the priesthood is necessary for the life’s blood of the Church. There is no Catholic Church – underline, encircle, emblazon the word, “NO” – there is no Catholic Church without the priesthood. It is the faith realization of the absolute necessity of the Priesthood that justifies the place, the dignity of the priest in Roman Catholicism. And why the people who may be both torn between their faith and their experience, will respect, honor a priest no matter how humanly speaking, how dishonorable he may become.
It is this necessity that justifies the deep concern of the Church at large and of the faithful for having holy priests because then their sanctity is the visible expression of their necessity. It justifies the conviction of the necessity of the priesthood. Justifies the crusade of prayers and sacrifices by religious and the faithful for priests, for the conversion of priests who have strayed away, and for their continued and ever growing sanctification.
Fr. John Hardon ~ The Necessity of the Catholic Priesthood.
We, however, lit our rose candle, for Gaudete Sunday, the third Sunday in Advent, on Monday.
Sunday, however, was just too busy for us to remember to light the rose candle – Mass, junk mail delivery, finishing off the parish newsletter, arriving at church at 4pm to help set up for carols that night.
Fun carols. Fun to be with friends.
Ended up at McDonalds late, after 10.00 pm, for a late dinner, after clean up.
Gaudete – rejoice.
A break mid Advent, similar to the break of Laetare Sunday mid Lent.
Gaudete Sunday, therefore, makes a breaker like Laetare Sunday, about midway through a season which is otherwise of a penitential character, and signifies the nearness of the Lord’s coming.
The spirit of the Office and Liturgy all through Advent is one of expectation and preparation for the Christmas feast as well as for the second coming of Christ, and the penitential exercises suitable to that spirit are thus on Gaudete Sunday suspended, as were, for a while in order to symbolize that joy and gladness in the Promised Redemption which should never be absent from the heart of the faithful. Catholic Encyclopedia
Grace at Beyond the Black Stump. Isn’t she sweet? Run over and check out her blog.
The awards? One for being real ( the Marie Antoniette award) and Grace also tagged me as being one of her favourite Catholics. She writes – I have been tagged by Therese to name my 10 favourite living Catholics.Too easy, my favourite Catholics are the nameless faces I have observed over the years. Those folk that do nothing spectacular but their faith seems to shine from them. They have warmth in their eyes and a kind smile.
That describes Grace.