Wednesday, February 22, 2006

40 Days of Lent Are Coming!

I've decided to post a new entry on my blog every day of Lent this year, which begins on March 1st and runs until April 8th. I know that's only 39 days rather than 40, but numbers have always been a little fudge-able in Catholicism -- consider the loaves and fishes for example. Five loaves, seven fishes, but hey, Jesus says "Everybody eats when they come to My house." Or was that Cab Calloway?

Speaking of callow ways, this won't be an exercise in taking cheap shots at religion but a way to force myself to post every day about one of my favorite topics. Some may remember that I did this several years ago on my friend Troy's website, inspired by the example of Mrs. Collins who did a drawing every day of Lent. I've been very lax lately about posting, so at least for a month it will be a new entry each day. For those of you who don't care about or actively dislike religion, sorry. For Michele, who's been patiently waiting months to hear my take on Paris, I am really sorry. But being penitant (and hopefully being forgiven) is what Lent is all about...actually, Lent is all about gearing up to crucify the Lord, but you get the idea.

In any case, see you in a week for The 40 Days of Lent.

21 comments:

mrs. collins said...

since i decided to do a drawing a day again , I wonder if that means I don't have to give up anything for Lent this year...

the hanged man said...

Well, I decided to put your question to the internet tarot cards at http://www.facade.com/tarot/

I chose the William Blake tarot* deck and drew one card to answer the question:

Should Mrs. Collins give up anything for Lent?

The card that came up was the Nine of Music (Reversed), which means:
"Longing to be someplace else. Inability to evoke what you want or need. Separation from the sources of emotional fulfillment. Lack of sensual or sexual gratification. Being blinded to life's bounty, and refusing to accept spontaneous love and happiness."

So, yeah, it sounds like should give something up.

*The William Blake Tarot explores the mystical vision and artistry of the renowned English painter and poet. Through rich interpretations focused on creative undertakings, it has long been the deck of choice for artists, writers, musicians, and thinkers.

k.c. said...

god don't appreciate your flippant tone. jesus doesn't love you anymore. at least not today!

Carol said...

If all this catholicism is getting you down, make sure you stop by to see The Passion of the Tschotchke (sp?), http://www.goingjesus.com/easter/easter.shtml

Nothing like a fiber optic crucifixion snow globe to get you in the right frame of mind for gorging yourself on chocolate.

mrs. collins said...

now I know what to give up for Lent- reading William Blake.

Julie said...

I think writing every day beats the hell out of giving up chocolate or Mountain Dew! Do the drawings have to be religious ones, or just of anything? I could do that. In fact as a little girl at St. Therese's, most of my drawings were religious. I used to do scenes of the Crucified Christ surrounded by little woodland animals, which now seems kind of odd.

Carol said...

Maybe you were thinking of St. Francis of Assisi, Julie.

Or Snow White.

Julie said...

Well St. Francis was also a favorite of mine and I drew him often as well- also surrounded by woodland creatures, but I did do crucifiction scenes,too, mostly around Easter. I'm sure that to anyone who didn't go to Catholic school this must all sound whacko,but try to think "Amadeus" with crayons. I had a talent and the nuns wanted it to be used to glorify God. Snow White was kind of a whimp, in my opinion, so I didn't draw her.

mrs. collins said...

The crucified Christ with woodland creatures sounds like a great subject for a coloring book.

the hanged man said...

You'd need lots of red...

Heather said...

You'd need lots of red...

Ha! That's terrible! I love it.

Julie said...

John, I 'm the one who recently painted St. Sebastian and couldn't stand to put the arrows in Mike's body ( he wanted them, by the way ). You wouldn't need much red!

Erin said...

I used to do scenes of the Crucified Christ surrounded by little woodland animals, which now seems kind of odd.

I'm sorry, Julie, now that seems odd??? Like, just now, you realized that was odd?

Carol said...

Is it Lent yet??

the hanged man said...

This Wednesday (day after tomorrow) is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.

I'll start posting then.

Julie said...

No, my literal little sister, not Just Now! I meant now as an adult ( no comments from the peanut gallery! ).

Carol said...

Are the 40 posts going to be religious-themed?

If so, might I suggest the following Father-Lewisesque topics:

1. the effect on George Jejewicz (sp?)'s child abuse of the fourteen boxes of pornography found in his closet;

2. the meaning of the phrase "infamous gibbet";

3. the connection between sexual promiscuity and listening to Billy Jo-elle's "Only the Good Die Young";

um, Molly, help me out here?

p.s. Am I being too personal joke-y?

the hanged man said...

Personal Jokey? Isn't that what blogs were made for?

The 40 Days of Lent postings will have some connection to religion or spirituality, although hopefully they won't become too monotonous and will provide some entertainment, even for those who are bound for Hell.

I don't remember the "infamous gibbet" but I do remember the other Father Lewis Classics, including him SCREAMING "Why did you do that?" at the lady in confessional.

Julie said...

I mainly remember ol'Harry Lewis being able to turn ANY scripture into a lecture on abortion and then screaming about he was red in the face and about to have a stroke. Oh, that and him giving Ann's friend Becky communion!

Kalli "Pops" Gustav said...

Crazy ass cat-licks.

the hanged man said...

Guess Becky wasn't wearing her yellow star that day...