Any practicing Catholics here? On February 13, which is Ash Wednesday, is the start of lent season. For the first time, I was able to fast. The rule in this state is you can eat a piece of bread with coffee in the morning, another at night, and a regualr meal. No meat or chicken. Fish and other seafood is allowed,But I had a burrito and a coke. That's all. And I only had the bread and water. I was very hungry, but I managed to ignore it. And I am able to avoid eating meat. I just eat a bowl of beans, or cereal. Last friday, I made shrimp cocktail. I cooked the shrimp. After they were done, I put them in a bowl with tomato juice, chopped tomatoes, onions, avocado, cilantro, and celery. Then added lime juice to it. It was pretty good. I want to buy some fish fillets. Or a salad. I eat alot of tuna, but I don't add any mayo. Just tomatoes, onions, and cilantro. On Ash Wednesday, I went to church for the first time in a year. As I sat there on the bench and listen to the priest talk about how we should avoid sin, the tears started coming down. I was thinking that here in church is were I should stay. Out in the world there is alot of pain and hatred. Struggling to live. I really missed going to church. I was able to go because the buses run at night until twelve. The catholic churches here are not plentiful. I cannot walk with my children to the church near my house because it is an hour away by foot. But church is were I need to go to pray and get help. When the priest was talking, I felt all the pain from the past year come really strong. I was crying. People saw me, but I wasn't ashamed. I realize how much I need God in my life. I have prayed so little to him. Now, I am going to start praying more and reading my Bible more before I go to bed.
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2/22/02 at 12:14pm