19 February 2013 (God Does Not Expect Perfection from Us)
February 19, 2013 § Leave a Comment
For the First Sunday of Lent I attended St. Thomas More church on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The homily’s theme: God does not expect perfection from us at the end of the forty days of Lent. Thanks be to God for that.
I was in New York with Peter for his birthday. We saw The Book of Mormon on Broadway as well as the Abstraction show at MoMA and the visiting “Scream” by Edvard Munch. We dined on Saturday with George at an Italian place (on E. 18th St.) with teeny portions. He and his partner have been married since last June; they’re considering a move back to CA, where George’s father is nearing death in Palm Springs. It’s a difficult time.
For Lent I’ve decided that I’m working on relationships–with Peter, yes, but especially with the C.N.S.’s here at St. Hubert’s who drive me mad with their homophobia, judgments, condemnation, self-hate, and, I fear, clinical depression. That’s not a very Christian list, not charitable, I know. Soften, Lord, my stony heart!
I’ve been thinking since last week of the LGBT-positive nun who visited campus and of her own charitable personality. May I, Lord, imitate that and become genuinely charitable to others, especially those with whom I so powerfully disagree.
Addendum on the Pope’s resignation: good for you, Holy Father! I not only love it when people with power willingly give it up, but also when legalists are consternated. Thanks, Pope Benedict, for stirring things up, for consternating the small-minded. That is always, I believe, a good thing.