Wednesday, December 26, 2007
A Few Doozies
After all the fuss about being allowed to have nativity sets wherever you want them, I thought we might visit some of the reasons it's not necessarily a good idea.
I have always been a big believer in just about anything to remind us of Jesus. I never fuss around about sacramentals: 3-d holy cards, St. Joseph real estate kits, glow in the dark rosaries, St. Claire television statues, St. Francis of Assisi bird feeders...whatever. If it works for you to bring you closer to God, go for it.
But then I stumbled across this mess and I am eating my words. (Luckily, I still have some eggnog with which to wash them down.)
For starters, you know I have a problem with the idea of animals in heaven. I don't mean to start up an argument again, but I do think people take their relationships with their pets much too far, far too often, as evidenced here. Chihuahua angels? Somebody needs their head examined while inside a confessional. That is just wrong.
Cat people can be just as bad. Maybe these cats will run over
and eat these birds.
And in as much as Sister Mary Fiacre loves marshmallows, I don't want to send her to heaven early by letting her get a load of this.
You can make these. What fun for the children! Especially when it comes time to eat them! Until then...
...you can keep them from getting stale by stashing them in this thing.
But if you really want to stick it to those people who stopped you from putting up a Nativity set down at the city hall, you can blow this giant inflatable version up on your front lawn. Take that, city council!
I've eaten my words and they were delicious.
People. Keep in mind what sacramentals, which would include the Nativity set, are for. The Nativity set has a particular purpose. I'll let Father Zehnle explain.
Meanwhile, our question of the day, which is a doozy:
Sister, is it a sin to pray for God to kill someone? If so, are there exceptions?
Good thing you are anonymous with a question like that. Otherwise I may find myself questioned by the DA from somewhere.
Yes, that would be a sin. I can't think of any exceptions. You can pray that people are protected by God from the person you think should be killed. You can pray for the person to stop doing whatever it is that makes you think they should be killed. You can pray that God alleviates the suffering of someone who you think ought to be dead, maybe, by calling the person home to heaven. Praying that God kills them is just a breath away from killing them yourself, as sin is all about intent.
Wanting to kill someone, even if you want God to do it for you, is almost as bad as actually killing someone....some might make the argument that it is as bad, but I wouldn't say that. But once you actually pray for God to do it, you are trying to kill somebody. You may as well ask a hit man.
Happy New Year!