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108/365 - No Short Shrift For Me (Sigh)

My favorite place to find peace - The Confessional! (Oh, by the way, those are two of those "cross things" that were beside the garbage can in the instigating post. Only these ones are on the wall.)
I try to go to Confession periodically throughout the year, rather than only during the Easter Season as is minimally required of practicing Catholics. I have loads of shortcomings that I need to confess on a regular basis. It's much like being at a 12 step meeting. Rather cleansing. Keeps you honest and humble.

Well, I got myself involved in a pickle this week on PB regarding a post that didn't suit me and my old fashioned conceptions of civility and courtesy. POST.

One thing led to another FIRST ANOTHER. Then another SECOND ANOTHER.

I went to Confession yesterday and confessed my deeds knowing that there was just a tad of anger in my posts.

I fully expected the Priest to give me a "short shrift" as my penance.

He really cut me a break! My penance was an easy one to endure! It is today's lesson. The good Priest Father Bill said,

"Lesson Learned: Son, you gotta be careful who you pick as friends. Watch what they do to others. If they can do it to them, they will do it to you. God Bless you son, and sin no more. Say one Rosary for peace among people!"

karmankwarner One thing about all this "conflict" is that as a world group we all have our own opinions and perceptions of things. In the initial post I saw a Beautiful Cross that someone uses to mark their driveway and set their trashcan beside on pick up day. Until the words flew I saw only that. I wonder if the family even knows that others have an odd preception of them because of how they choose to place the cross and garbage can next to each other?
I had a "run in" with a "Catholic" family (involving my grandchildren) and for sometime I judged all Catholics by that one individual. Then, I was blessed to meet another practicing Catholic that reminded me that not all are the same because they choose the same religious practices or have the same general beliefs.
I agree that choosing your friends carefully is important; I am blessed by the knowing of you both because you have both added to my abilities as a photographer.
I hope that you can find peace in the frustration that you feel.
As for your Photograph; I love the angle and the shadows. :)
karmankwarner · 2011-04-17: 11:15
mallusatish Wonderful post the priest has give you the most valuable advise Thanks for the valuable lesson .
mallusatish · 2011-04-17: 11:46
catdad Nice Post! Thank you !! Lesson Learned !!
catdad · 2011-04-17: 12:49
mrmeliska Great Post and Great Lesson.
mrmeliska · 2011-04-17: 13:08
joycephotography Great post once again Dan............
joycephotography · 2011-04-17: 14:19
trippindelight I like the nice simple lines in this photo.
Peace out
trippindelight · 2011-04-17: 15:53
lookagain "Peace among people!" Wise words from Father Bill. Thanks for sharing, Dan....a helpful learning experience and beneficial lesson for us all.
lookagain · 2011-04-17: 18:27
ilikethat That is a hard lesson to learn, I like to either believe
1. As long as I don't give them reason then they won't.
2. I give them enough reason not to by my actions and respect to them.
Either way I look at it the outcome is always "why haven't I learned by now?"
Great post Dan hopefully this lesson will stick with us all and by the way I am happy you involved yourself in the pickle I hadn't seen it till today and you handled it better than what my comment would have been.
ilikethat · 2011-04-17: 19:30
djnana There is something peaceful and poignant about a secluded place for just you and God. Thanks for sharing yours with us!
djnana · 2011-04-17: 22:35
lyricalthoughts we can't avoid conflicts no? No matter what we do people always have something to say. But they are entitled to their own opinions. But if something isn't right then we should also speak up. That said, I wish you a peaceful Holy Week Dan. Take care!
lyricalthoughts · 2011-04-18: 02:58
Eiram My mother was a Catholic, my father was an atheist. They had a wonderful marriage and their life was a life lesson for us children - a life lesson in tolerance, respect and love.
I never judge people according their beliefs. Deeds speak better then words, Dan.
Eiram · 2011-04-18: 05:27
MoMac I agree with Eiram that if you have been given these values , tolerance , respect and love from your parents you will go a long way in gaining the same respect no matter what your religion or beliefs.
MoMac · 2011-04-18: 06:21
NellyBly Well, that should teach you not to discuss religion :-)) I didn't see that post?? Live and learn sweet Dan..
NellyBly · 2011-04-18: 13:25
tomie morality: more i know human more i love my dog! :))
words of a french humorist...
tomie · 2011-04-18: 15:24
liveandletlive I still don't know if I'm following everything that has happened/is happening so I don't know how to feel. What I do know is I love Marie's story. It is beautiful. Tolerance is so important.
liveandletlive · 2011-04-18: 22:43
helys I agree that choosing your friends carefully is important !
Thanks dan
helys · 2011-04-23: 03:28
girafferacing Fascinating post Dan. I tend to keep out of religious debates here as they provoke such strong feelings. I'm an atheist too but I respect other people's rights to their views (religious or otherwise) unless those views directly harm others.
girafferacing · 2011-04-24: 18:16
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