Finnegan's Awakeby Megan Finnegan
- Dialed down St. Patrick's Day
- A first time for everything
- Talking religion in 2011
- The uncertainty of prayer
- Smithsonian should have kept "ant-covered Jesus"
The people have spoken. According to the majority votes, it looks like I will be spending my St. Patrick's Day by (drum roll, please)...
Well, I was going to write about Ash Wednesday, and how I forgot about it (bad Catholic!) until I noticed a friend at journalism school with the telltale black smudge on her forehead, and then asked her if she regularly goes to Mass, which she doesn't, and then thought how interesting it is that on the one day a year when being Catholic becomes publicly visible, so many non-practicing Catholics still walk around with the equivalent of a sign on their heads reading "I'm a follower of Jesus Christ" - but then a friend from college alerted me to this little gem from the Washington Post which I deemed much more important.
Michelle Boorstein writes:
"The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington has ended its 80-year-old foster-care program in the District rather than license same-sex couples, the first fallout from a bitter debate over the city's move to legalize same-sex marriage."
Well folks, it's February, and St. Valentine's Day approaches, but I'd like to turn our attention to the next hallowed saint day, that of our own dear Patrick. I'll be ruminating on this Irish holiday leading up and following March 17, but I need a game plan for the day of, and that's where you come in. This is much too serious an event to leave up to fate or my bad time management skills.
I'll leave this poll up until March 15 or so, when I'll discuss the results. You'll hear from me between now and then, not to worry. Have at it, and feel free to spread this around and get others to vote. Cheers, readers!