February 25, 2009
Colleen Shaddox Shares Her Lenten Ideas
By Suzana Megles
Stumped this Lenten season on what to give up? Colleen has some original thoughts on what you can do.
::::::::Stumped this Lenten season on what to give up? Colleen has some original thoughts on what you can do.
Sorry, I've forgotten how many OEN members are Christian and may
What does Lent conjure up in Christian minds? If you are an older Latin
We have been more into abstinence rather than fasting, though of course,
Of course, for me it is no penance at all. Veganism is a way of life for
This is the first time I read one of her essays and I enjoyed it very much.
She said for each Lent she dug deep to find the thing whose absence would
One Lent she said she gave up coffee, which she observed nearly killed her body but had no discernible effect on her soul. Remember this she said: "....it was pretty grandiose to suppose that God would care about my caffeine intake."
On her 33rd Lent she was receiving chemotherapy, and had a hard time keepinganything down. So this Lent she didn't have to worry about giving up anything sheenjoyed to eat or drink. But immitating "her" smart alec friend from catechism class who wanted to give up homework for Lent, she said that she would give up dying for Lent.
I really liked her idea on doing something positive one Lenten season instead of giving up something. During this Lenten season she spent those 40 days productively by giving up her lunch hour every day to write letters for Amnesty International. I thought that was a fantastic idea.
But her hardest Lent ever was she when she resolved to stop saying unkind
During this Lent she would carry with her a large coffee can into which she
Her can grew weighty and a burden to carry around. She sometimes made light of her jingling change and the noise it made by saying "Here comes a nasty
This --her hardest Lent ever-- did teach her to curb the acerbic side of her
I really enjoyed her reflections on "My Hardest Lent Ever." Though it was her hardest, I believe it was the one which pleased MOST the Jesus who inspired it.
I have been concerned about animal suffering ever since
I received my first puppy Peaches in 1975. She made me take a good look at the animal kingdom and I was shocked to see how badly we treat so many animals. At 77, I've been a vegan for the past 30 years and I thank God every day that I am. I am most disturbed at how little the Catholic Church and Christian churches generally give to concern re animal suffering in their ministry. I wrote to 350 bishops in 2001 and only 10-13 responded. I feel that the very least they can do is to instruct that the priests give one sermon a year on compassion to animals. I am still waiting for that sermon. I also belong to Catholic Concern for Animals - founded in England in 1929. (They are on the internet) I recently sent a sample copy of their bi-monthly publication called the ARK to the 8 Catholic bishops of Ohio. Only ONE kindly responded. Somehow we have to reach the Christian teaching magisterium. There is next to nothing re animal concerns and compassion for them. They basically believe that animals are the lesser of God's creation and that gives us the right to do anything we want to them. Way wrong. We need to change their mindsets. The animals are God's first and He expects us to treat them compassionately.