Lent, Day 14

Ask and ye shall receive. Just yesterday, I was expressing amazement that the Mass readings for the day weren’t doing their usual number on my sense of personal sinfulness. Then, last night, I came across this awesome little book from the early ’70s about the strange and exotic world of Italian cookery. No idea where I got it. But as I paged through its wonderfulness, taking particular delight in this image (which really ought to be the banner pic for a food blog), I suddenly remembered the second reading from Sunday:

“Join with others in being imitators of me, brothers and sisters, and observe those who thus conduct themselves according to the model you have in us. For many, as I have often told you and now tell you even in tears, conduct themselves as enemies of the cross of Christ. Their end is destruction. Their God is their stomach; their glory is in their ‘shame.’ Their minds are occupied with earthly things.”

Ah, yes: “Their God is their stomach.” Guilt restored. Lent continues on its merry way.


  1. Matt (Slainte Joe) says

    I love that verse.

    Today's reading from Jeremiah has another of my favorite meditations on the mystery of sinfulness:

    "More tortuous than all else is the human heart, beyond remedy; who can understand it?"

  2. Matthew Lickona says


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