Monday, February 27, 2006

People Are Strange

I live in a crazy ass house. Seriously, folks. I think I have been laughing nonstop for two days.

*My family is not Catholic. Our parents used to be, but us kids don't know the first thing about it. Sister's Boyfriend is Catholic. Today he was telling us that his mother wants him to go to church with her on Wednesday because it's Ash Wednesday. He said he wasn't sure he was going to get his ashes, and Sister exclaimed, with all sincerity, "Why would you? You're not Jewish." I nearly fell off the couch.

*My cat is a little pervert, and he has the hots for me. My family recently discovered that he has a bra fetish. If I leave one lying around in my room in the basement, he drags it up to the first floor in between his teeth. If one is on the first floor in a pile of laundry or something, he drags it up to the second floor. We thought he was just into bras, regardless of who they belong to, but we conducted an experiment the other day. Mother wanted to see what he would do with a pile of bras. Would he start convulsing? Jump out the window? She put a large heap on the living room floor (none were mine) and he sniffed them each and walked away. Later that day he dragged one of mine up again. What the hell?

*Kid Sister #1 has a major crush on Sister's Boyfriend. This is fairly new, but is quickly developing into something that alarms the rest of us. She keeps saying that when she gets bigger, she will be his girlfriend. During a car ride, she calmly stated that she was going to throw Sister out onto the expressway.




I'm sorry, did I miss th' whackin' episode of Dora The Explorer or somethin'? Oy!

sojourness said...

lol... I know. She has been scaring us since she learned how to talk.


Today, Dora will kill her best friend to steal her man!

¡Hoy, Dora matarĂ¡ a su mejor amigo para robar a su hombre!

fp said...

"Dust thou art, and into dust thou shalt return." Gn. 3:19

"The liturgical use of ashes originated in the Old Testament times. Ashes symbolized mourning, mortality and penance. In the Book of Esther, Mordecai put on sackcloth and ashes when he heard of the decree of King Ahasuerus to kill all of the Jewish people in the Persian Empire (Esther 4:1). Job repented in sackcloth and ashes (Job 42:6). Prophesying the Babylonian captivity of Jerusalem, Daniel wrote, "I turned to the Lord God, pleading in earnest prayer, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes" (Daniel 9:3).

Jesus made reference to ashes, "If the miracles worked in you had taken place in Tyre and Sidon, they would have reformed in sackcloth and ashes long ago" (Matthew 11:21).

In the Middle Ages, the priest would bless the dying person with holy water, saying, "Remember that thou art dust and to dust thou shalt return."

The Church adapted the use of ashes to mark the beginning of the penitential season of Lent, when we remember our mortality and mourn for our sins. In our present liturgy for Ash Wednesday, we use ashes made from the burned palm branches distributed on the Palm Sunday of the previous year. The priest blesses the ashes and imposes them on the foreheads of the faithful, making the sign of the cross and saying, "Remember, man you are dust and to dust you shall return," or "Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel."

As we begin this holy season of Lent in preparation for Easter, we must remember the significance of the ashes we have received: We mourn and do penance for our sins. We again convert our hearts to the Lord, who suffered, died, and rose for our salvation. We renew the promises made at our baptism, when we died to an old life and rose to a new life with Christ.

Finally, mindful that the kingdom of this world passes away, we strive to live the kingdom of God now and look forward to its fulfillment in heaven."
i hope the title, "people are strange," doesn't refer to Catholics or your sister because she was kind of right.

sojourness said...

I would never refer to Catholics, or any other group, as "strange." I meant my family, and it was a joke... mostly referring to Kid Sister threatening to kill Sister for her boyfriend.


Do you have that stuff on speed dial or somethin'? Yeesh.

sojourness said...

That's why he's Future Priest, hehe.