We are having one exciting time over at the Blogger's Choice Awards. We are floating up and down all day long. We are, Sister St. Aloysius and I, because we are very excited to have made it into the top three. And our little blog is, because it's floating up and down in the top three spots day and night. Maybe if we stopped watching that we'd get our tarp up.
Boy oh boy. Can I say that? I think I can. Today's reader question:
Is it okay to say Oh my goodness or oh my gosh? I had a priest once scold me saying I was still using the Lord's name in vain.
Was he eighty-six and cranky?
A lot of people would agree with him. Those people all run around sounding like Ned Flanders.
The reason the priest is actually correct is that the words 'goodness' and 'gosh' are substitutes for the word "God", just like the word "Heck" is a substitute for the word "Hell".
I've heard people running around saying "Oh, H-E- double hocking sticks!"
Dub Dittlely Ubble Hockey Stick Ittlely icks.
How are you not saying "Hell" if you are spelling it with hockey sticks?
"Gee" is supposed to be short for "Jesus". I guess for people who can't spell. I'm not sure where we're going with "golly gee". I wonder if Mary ever called Jesus "Jee"?
So, the priest is right. Someone better tell Sarah Palin. I think she's been running around saying, "Gosh darn" about seven thousand times, which really means something much more sinister and Lord's name in vain taking than anyone's given her credit.
Were you trying not to say "God" and that's why you said "Goodness"? And you knew that "Goodness" really meant "God" and so you were just trying to take the Lord's name in vain clandestinely?
I wouldn't worry about it too much. I guess now that you know you're going to have to go all Ned Flanders on us. But really....most people living today are not aware that these words are substitutions any more than they know that Halloween just means Holy Eve. It's not as though you really meant to swear or were trying to scandalize anyone.
Sin is about intent. I think we have bigger sins to fry diddlely eye.
Here are today's nuns.
Dear Sister Mary Martha, Here are my contributions to the contest. All of them are from the order I was a part of for a year as a postulant, before health reasons forced me to leave; they're all "", (Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia). Even when I was there 10 years ago, they had so many new vocationsNovitiate dormitory like a turn-of-the-century hospital ward! Just a few years ago they finished a multi-million dollar building campaign that doubled the size of the motherhouse, just to make room for the growing community. Ten years ago, they had about 180 sisters, and the median age was about 34. Now that's beautiful! :) God bless, Jen Cabaniss
Jen sent six altogether so tomorrow we'll have a gander at the other three.