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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

My Lenten Sacrifice

I'm not sure if this is a sacrifice or not, but for Lent, I'm going to have a conversation about God with Ander everyday during Lent.

I'm reading "A Year of Living Biblically" by A.J. Jacobs (excellent, funny, easy read, BTW) and that's got me thinking about what I believe - and what I don't believe. I attend Catholic Church on a sporadic-but-getting-better-than-in-college basis. I know I don't believe all the Church's teachings, but I figure it's still better to hear the teachings and then disagree based on conscience than to not listen to the teachings in the first place. After all, how can I disagree in good conscience with something I am not willing to listen to and think about?

But I don't want Ander to just know about the Catholic Church. I want him to know about athiests, and pagans, and fundamentalist. I want him to understand that people have varying beliefs. I want him to have a solid basis to believe - or not believe - in God. My Faith is usually strong (though it has moments of great weakness), mostly because I came to my Faith on my own. I don't mindlessly follow rules, even as I choose to follow many of the "rules." I hope the same experience for my children.

Etcetera.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

What a great idea! My pastor talked to the school kids yesterday about doing rather than giving up for Lent. What's the point of giving up something if you go right back to it afterwards. Lent is a time of change and conversion so I think sharing about God with Ander is a great thing to do and hopefully you can continue to have open conversations about faith/religion/God as he grows up.