So...in case you didn't know (aka...you are a heathen), it's Holy Week. Beginning with Palm Sunday last weekend and ending with Easter Sunday this coming weekend, it's the week that we celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus. Yadda, yadda, religion, religion. Bet you didn't come here to listen to me preach.
I wanted to talk about the Pope. Pope Francis...my favorite pope ever in the history of popes that I actually know anything about. Which is actually not very many. Peter, John XXIII, John Paul II, Pope Joan, Ringo and Francis.
I don't know if this is done every year, but according to the National Catholic Reporter, His Popiness will be washing the feet of a bunch of people on Thursday.
For all of you who are going to Hell...Thursday is the day when we celebrate the Last Supper. Catholics teach that, during the Last Supper, Christ washed the feet of his apostles, basically kicking off the priesthood. So, many priests, bishops and popes have recreated this scene in modern days. I have never had my feet washed by a priest, but frankly...I think it would be pretty awkward. I don't even like pedicures.
Anywho...this year, the list of popes the peeps are washing...wait...I mean the list of peeps the pope is washing include Muslims and *GASP* women!!!!
As you can imagine, there are some traditional Catholics who hate this. They hate it because Christ washed the feet of men, only chose men for his disciples, etc. The same thing we've been hearing for 2000 years.
For those of you who have never talked to me about this, I am a huge supporter of women in the priesthood. I don't buy the argument that because JC picked men to follow him that means he only wanted men to be priests forever. I think JC picked men because nobody listened to women back then. Women were not in positions of power. Stay home and make babies! Obviously, Jesus was controversial enough to be crucified. Why add another thing to piss people off. He needed his message to be spread over thousands of years. We all know how women gossip. "He's the son of God" quickly turns into "He's the Son of the milkman and God has no idea...Jesus doesn't even look anything like God."
In other words...this is yet another reason I love Pope Francis. He has really helped to restore my faith a bit. Not that I ever lost faith...but, I certainly didn't enjoy church as much when all the stories I hear are bad and all the messages I get are more about exclusion than about love.
This pope is amazing! I hope he's around for a long time!
Oh...and PS...I just got engaged. More on that later.
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