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I really am having a hard time understanding how/ why you all can be discussing the matter of your "lenten sacrifices:..."

These are good points you make in passing. I hope these reminders inform the faith of many.

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Meanwhile, here's what I am having a hard time understanding: are you here to learn, or are you hear to mock? You haven't expressed much interest in dialog, and your questions about the faith are the same as those that are the usual predictable sore spots fundamentalists employ when they try to pick off the "low hanging fruit" from the tree of Catholicism.

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In answer to this particular concern of yours about not sacrificing as hypocrites, I will first remind you that last Sunday's readings admonish us not to put our light under a bushel. As a Lenten journey is a journey from darkness to light, I don't think judging these journeys as hypocritical before they have even begun is a good spiritual practice. Indeed, it betrays you further as someone who is more interested to find fault than as someone who has concern for spiritual formation.

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Which leads to one key point you should know about the words of Christ: they describe optimal behavior, and unfortunately humans are sub-optimal. We fall short all the time. If you hold us against the measure of perfection, you in particular should not call us hypocrites, for you are human and fall short too. It is clear from scripture that it is not your job to judge how anyone else is doing in their Lenten journey. For ultimate spiritual direction at this time, and to quote a more immediately applicable verse than any of the ones you have referenced: "Judge not, that ye may not be judged".

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