Another season of Lent is upon us, and in addition to the spiffy black wristbands our parish supplied, one which I'm now sporting, I've got a few ideas for how I'm going to spend the next 40 days. Blogging, for one, will not be a big part of this year's fast, so I'll see you all when He is risen.
Remember you are dust, and to dust you shall return.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
See those cute little girls standing in front? Don't they look totally retarded? One kindly old man even knelt down to child's eye level and screamed at Sophie, the one holding the baby doll, "GOD ISN'T REAL!", spraying her with spittle. After which point she blinked up at her mom in confusion, who helpfully clarified for her that "that man is just like the mean kangaroo in Horton Hears a Who, remember honey?" ( I might add as a disclaimer, no mention of God was made, either on signs or vocally, but the Dr. Suess quote Sophie was proudly displaying must have set off his satanic rage-o-meter. Note to exorcists.)
Also, the men who accompanied us, (the very handsome and talented men, I might add) they were also "retarded" and "oppressive of women." Even the hot firefighter who was wearing his baby. He was totally oppressing that poor woman by sharing equitably in the childcare responsibilities...
But my favorite part of the day? The absolute radiant JOY which our motley crew displayed, even in the face of unbelievable vitriol and hatred being thrown our way. We were each of us peaceful, smiling, and, for the most part, silent. Standing witness for those whose voices have been silenced most unjustly. And for any who observed the interactions between our two sides, I think the distinction couldn't have been more clear. Evil is ugly, plain and simple. Dress it up and call it what you like, but you can't make it beautiful. Similarly, you can't hide the beauty of the truth. It shines through, casting light into dark corners.
Even dark orange corners.