Happy New Year to all. I have spent the last couple of months preusing some very fine Catholic blogs and I decided that this could prove to be fun, if only for letting off a little steam.
And steam I have to let. I am a conservative Roman Catholic, who keeps wondering what happened to the doctrine of no salvation outside the Church and just why do people continue to see any value in the United Nations? I am also an attorney, who engages in the lighthearted and whimsical practice of family law - no stress there. I'm married, got kids, pay outrageous taxes, and the damned dog wants to go out for a walk.
Why the reference to a hairshirt. For those who don't know, in the Medieval Times (the era, not the cheesy dinner theater), as a practice of coroporal mortification, a person would secretly wear a shirt made from horse hair - uncomfortable enough to keep the person reminded of it, but not so bad that the individual could not function in their everyday life. St. Thomas More wore one as a way of reminding himself that the pressures and temptations of the world are not important as compared to the Life To Come, hopefully for eternity with the Holy Trinity. I liked this saint - in some of his writings and as a lawyer, he too would complain about inefficient judges, clients who didn't pay their bills, and having to argue a case without appearing too great the fool. His hairshirt worked - when faced with the greatest temptation that would involve (a) keeping a plush job with Henry VIII of England and (b) saving his neck (literally), he instead chose to stay true to his faith, for which he was beheaded in the Tower of London.
Now, I hope this blog serves the same purpose - keep me focused on what is important and not to be caught up in the stress and madness that can come from practicing law in a crazy field like mine. Hopefully, this can be done with humor and grace. So, pray for me, I'll pray for you, and let's see where this goes.