So much has transpired in the last month, the least of which was a 7 day virus that knocked me flat on my back and I was sick during Easter. It’s what’s being called, “The Viral Thing,” that basically disguises itself as a sinus infection but really grabs you and won’t let you go. I actually took two sick days (and there was a Good Friday holiday in there as well) off to recover. I haven’t been that sick in YEARS. I also lost my voice, which, if part of your livelihood depends on your voice… well, what’s the point of going to work?
The doctor and I decided it’s also time for me to go an allergist, which means I can’t have any allergy related medications for six weeks. As a result, I’m more sluggish than usual, I’m having trouble sleeping, and concentrating is difficult, so I haven’t been writing much.
That’s not to say I don’t have anything to say…
I’ll break it down by topic.
POPE JOHN PAUL II
I remember when this Pope was chosen. I have admired his pro-life stances and his love of young people. He led the Catholic church to remain conservative when nearly every other denomination in the world is patting themselves on the back for their worldly-acceptable more-liberal, pc tolerant leanings. In some cases, remnants of conservatives in certain denominations are wrestling with their liberal leadership lest they wake up in a few years and not recognize themselves, but the Catholic church has not wavered from its basic doctrines in decades.
Though I am not Catholic, I was deeply saddened by John Paul II’s failing health and ultimately by his passing. He will be a tough act to follow. The following quote shows how deeply and truly devoted to Christ he was.
“It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; he is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; he is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is he who provokes you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is he who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is he who reads in your hearts your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle. It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be grounded down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.”
–Pope John Paul II
THE ROYAL WEDDING
Yes, I have to comment on this. I got up early and watched the coverage on Fox News. American commentators really don’t have a clue how to cover anything royally British. Unfortunately, BBC America did not cover the wedding until they televised a condensed program later that day. I enjoyed BBC’s coverage because one, they understand the importance of hats at an afternoon wedding, and two, they actually knew what Camilla had stuck in her hair in lieu of a veil. BBC also know that Mr. Bean is really Rowan Atkinson and they had a better handle of the Who’s Who list of celebrities beyond Kenneth Branagh. BBC also understood the significance of the blessing, and left out a good chunk of sensational stories about the royals that Fox News just couldn’t seem to live without. I still love Fox News, but not for royal wedding coverage.
Personally, I was pleasantly surprised that Charles and Camilla confessed their sins at their wedding. The service was straight from the Book of Common Prayer, and if I’d been awake enough, I’d have tried to follow along. Alas, I was tired and I was fighting off sleep as it was.
I am not going to compare either of Charles’ weddings to each other. There was no comparison and I know that was on purpose. He is starting a new life now, whether we agree how he went about it or not. I personally am not happy with the Church bending it’s rules for the royals, but I’m hoping it means that one day that Charles will be leapfrogged by William for the throne… if William can hold up his end of the bargain.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON LENT
I gave up negative talk and thoughts for Lent and it really has made a visible change in me. That’s what Lent is for, though, to examine your life and make significant sacrifices and changes to draw closer to God and then, after that 40 day intensive treatment, take those changes into the rest of your life. I have always struggled with negativity (an environmental hazard of growing up in my house) and it’s actually made me a bit quieter than usual (ha ha) because if what I would say would be negative, I just didn’t say it. Tough, but doable.
Because I was ill, I did not get to go to any Easter Week services, and I had hoped to participate in the Stations of the Cross. I hope to next year. Lent made a change in me and I hope to continue it throughout the rest of my life.
I really have no words for how the whole situation ended other than it all felt so very, very wrong.
Things are shifting around at work, but in my favor. I will now be three days in one department, all in a row. I will only be on the phones one day a week, which will give my voice a much needed rest during all this allergy mess, and quite frankly, after six years of answering the phone, I’m ready to cut back a bit.
So, that wraps up my big update… I’m sure I’ve left several things out… but these are some of the most important.