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February 14th, 2013
I pray for humility, honestly, because it’s very easy to be caught up in this world. — Katy Perry

FAST from your biggest worldly vice today (be it media, internet, alcohol, food, porn, politics, gossip, etc.).

PRAY for humility today.

GIVE others the benefit of the doubt today.

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  • bragg578

    YIKES! She is NOT the postergirl for a Catholic Lenten calendar! “I kissed a girl and I liked it!”…the Obama dress! …

    • Phil Fox Rose

      I’d be careful with broad characterizations like that, bragg578. Majorities of Catholics voted for Obama both times. And as some other commenters here already know, Katy Perry is a strongly moral woman raised by two conservative minister parents. Playfully irreverent, no doubt, but one of the more devout people in this calendar.

      • bragg578

        I’d be careful when ignoring para 2271 of the Catechism regarding abortion when voting for obama, all you “Catholics” who voted for him!

        I stand by my statement; Ms. Perry is secular and supports obama. ’nuff said.

      • Phil Fox Rose

        I should probably let this lie, but I just want to ask you specifically, bragg578, what you mean by “Ms. Perry is secular.” Do you mean she’s not bound by a clerical or monastic vow? Or specifically and definitionally a religious figure? If so, you’re right. The same could also be said of much of this calendar. In fact, that’s kind of the point — thoughtful quotes about spiritual issues from secular figures. But, rather, do you mean it as a slur, saying she’s “of the world” so we shouldn’t expect anything good to come from her? If so, then I think you’re terribly mistaken. God speaks through the most unlikely vessels and in the most unlikely places. Also, do you actually have any objection to what she said, BTW? Or do you wish she hadn’t said something admirable because you’d rather demonize her?

      • bragg578

        Allow me to ask you specifically…it does not matter who it is that is doing the speaking, so long as something “deep” comes from their lips we are going to use their quote? We are to live our lives to be like the SAINTS, not like the secular culture. There are plenty of saints and blesseds from which to chose quotes. I totally understand that you are trying to appeal to the young and hip crowd. I get that. But you are missing the point that you should be using people who TRY to live a moral life, and you are giving up the teachings of the Church in order to appear “hip”. When Ms. Perry dons her sparkly obama dress or her ballot dress, she is sending a clear message that she SUPPORTS obama, and with obama comes abortion, forcing the hhs mandate onto those with conscience, etc. Same as Hillary. She is no more a friend to the Church than Luther. (Kindly read paragraph 2271 of the Catechism for all you need to know about abortion and those that SUPPORT it.) All I am asking is that you stop trying to appear cool while caving to the enemies of the Church. It’s a bigger picture than a cute pic of Perry with a cool quote.

      • Phil Fox Rose

        bragg578, it’s insulting and flat wrong to suggest my defense of Katy Perry comes from a desire to appear hip. She’s a wonderful musician and stands head and shoulders above most secular pop artists as far as her moral compass. Your saying she does not “TRY to live a moral life” reveals that you know nothing about her. From your later comments, you seem to believe that her support of Obama means she can’t be a moral person — in fact you say she’s an enemy of the church. This is absurd. You are saying no one who holds any significant view different from your understanding of Church teaching, even if they aren’t Catholic, can be moral or worth listening to? One final note; you keep citing paragraph 2271 of the Catechism as if it proves your point. It does not. It speaks to the moral question, not the political one. Even 2273, while it talks about an ideal legal system, does not say what an individual Catholic should do in the voting booth. It is simply untrue that there is only one allowable way for Catholics to vote.

      • bragg578

        The Catechism states very specifically how we are to vote. Please reread. Also reread, Perry’s lyrics and then claim she is moral. If you do, your compass is way off…moral people don’t vote prochoice. Moral people don’t engage or promote or sing about homosexual activity. Catholic people don’t vote prochoice, not TRUE Catholic people. Be honest, do you think Christ would like perry’s music or vote for obama?

  • Jipdog

    I find it interesting that Katy Perry would say that, but not the least bit surprising. She was a preachers kid and was raised in the faith. Obviously she would not lose all of her faith or the direction she was raised in as a child. When you think about how you raise your children, remember to raise them up and when they grow old they will not depart from it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.p.mckee David P. McKee

    I like the use of contemporary figures to illustrate and demonstrate the Lenten calendar. It makes this season more accessible to younger people…. and us older people.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Deborah.Cagle.Velazquez Deborah Cagle Velazquez

      I know this site was designed for the kids– But I LOVE it too! especially the “You don”t know Jack” series with Father Jack

  • Quirky Canuck

    On another note, does it seem ironic that this page has an ad for an IPad sweepstakes right below the section on self-denial? A little message mixing here

    • http://www.facebook.com/david.p.mckee David P. McKee

      I see your point about mixed messaging on this site. But exercising good choices could be an important lesson during the season of Lent. Thank you for your post.

  • Quirky Canuck

    Don’t we all have a vice that wastes our time? I have often wondered if we keep track of all the time we waste in a week, and then multiply that by the number of people in the world, how many times over could we solve the world’s problems?

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