My throat hurts lots tonight. :(

But, I did go to class and get my taxes ready to mail tomorrow and narrow it down to 6 apartments to go look at. I’m going to print off the directions tomorrow at work in case I have time on Saturday to look.

I was upset at work today when everybody was railing on me for not eating meat on Friday. I tried to explain to them that it has nothing to do with going to hell, but they didn’t want to listen, just to make fun. Ignorant.

Through no fault of my own, I was lucky enough to be born in the best nation in the world. Through no work on my part I was brought up with a roof over my head and food on the table. Though we were poor by U.S. standards, we lived like kings compared to most 3rd world countries. Where most of the people in the U.S. are deciding whether to have Micky D’s or Wendy’s on a Friday night, most of the people in the rest of the world are deciding if they should eat a frog or dirt. Is it so wrong to show them respect, and to show some thanks to God that I lucked out like I did to be born here? So I fast and I don’t eat meat, despite the fact that I’m not what you would call a “Good Catholic.” In fact, I’m a downright bad Catholic, but at least I think for myself. Anyway, if I was a better person, I would take the money I didn’t spend on food and save it in a rice bowl and donate it to the poor at the end of Lent, like we did back home. Could I do it some other day besides Friday? Of course I could, however, Friday is a really hard day to not eat meat because it is the 1 day of the week I am most likely to go out to eat. If I decided just to do it a different day because Friday was tough, that would kind of defeat the purpose of self sacrifice. The first thing people say (in their condescending way of course) is, “If not eating meat is so great then why don’t you do it all the time?” The answer? If I was a better person, I would. I would eat rice every day and take all of my money and give it to the poor. It’s a shame that I’m not a better person, however, why would you mock my effort, pitiful though it is?


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