Friday, March 11, 2011
Day 56 - The Round Things of Lent
Lent is the forty days that start with Ash Wednesday and end with Easter in which we sacrifice something which we are passionate. So today begins the tradition. I usually set up a box or some place that I put dimes for every time I "slip up" on my promise. Last year I gave up swearing and the box was full before the forty days ended. I have two vices: overeating, underexercising and swearing. Oops that's three. You get the point. All of us have bad habits, I could go on about mine but that would take more blogs. So this year I think I'm going to give up.....well we'll get back to that.
When I was growing up we would always have fish on Fridays during Lent. Since I grew up in a town filled with Italian and Polish immigrants there were literally churches on every block, mostly Catholic. I knew of no other faith. As I went to college and met others including others from other countries I learned of other religions such as Buddhism, Islam, and Hinduism. Twenty years later I learned yet of another faith, the Bahai' faith.
The essential message of Bahá’u’lláh is that of unity. He taught that there is only one God, that there is only one human race, and that all the world’s religions represent stages in the revelation of God’s will and purpose for humanity. In this day, Bahá’u’lláh said, humanity has collectively come of age. As foretold in all of the world’s scriptures, the time has arrived for the uniting of all peoples into a peaceful and integrated global society. “The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens,” He wrote.
A good sacrifice is one that is not necessarily sound but leaves your opponent dazed and confused. ~Nigel Short