Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Lead Us Not Into Temptation
So, last Sunday I went to mass at St. Joseph's Cathedral, and I met this man who was toasting hot dog buns, while grilling hot dogs wrapped in bacon. These are the things that I like to think about on the first day of Lent. Our first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday we had a mass led by Bishop Patrick Mc Grath.
I can only imagine how hot dog sales are or are not affected by land I do know that I feel somewhat obligated to stay away from such destruction. Makes me remember when I used to be a vegetarian. I had a joyful life dining on pastas, beans, legumes, and fresh vegetables. So, I asked this man how often he sells his hot dogs in front of the cathedral. He says he's there every week. I told him my doctor forbids me to do business with him.
I can't pawn all of my decisions off on my doctors. I do have to take some responsibility for the decisions I make. The fact is my doctor really does want me to make some changes in the way I eat. She was exceptionally compelling when she showed me my latest blood tests. Once upon a time, I used to exercise a lot, eat well, and could celebrate the many liberties that come from just being younger.
I have to exercise greater caution at this point in my life knowing that heart disease runs in my family, and living in a wheelchair limits much of my opportunities to get regular aerobic exercise. My latest health fixations have involved building strength, increased balance, gaining mobility in my left leg, and learning how to move safely around my room. I feel this sense of betrayal that my doctor would be bothering me with discussions about low density lipoproteins and something called triglycerides.
I don't suppose there's anything wrong with the man selling bacon wrapped hot dogs in front of St. Joseph's Cathedral, even if he's leading man into temptation with this product line. How I manage myself during the Lenten season I suppose is my own business. Therefore, I shouldn't concern myself with how others are during Lent. Between my blood work and this season of penitence, I have plenty of inspiration to live righteously. Let's see how well we do.
Thank you for reading.