Feeling especially rather “Lenty” today I needed a good laugh.
The local Sisters of Charity’s Office of Peace, Justice and Integrity of Creation has produced a Lenten “Care for Creation” calendar that has been circulated by a few like-minded parishes. Each day includes a recommended activity, and some of them are laugh-out-loud funny. Take a look at the recommendation for last Friday, Feb. 22:
Try a “water fast” by flushing your toilet half as often. Be mindful that many people around the world have access only to the amount of water each day that U.S. citizens use in one toilet flush.
The Office of Peace, Justice and Integrity of Creation (OPJIC, ‘natch) was founded by would-be priestess Louise Akers, who came to minor fame when Archbishop Pilarczyk barred her from teaching for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati when it was revealed she was a member of the Women’s Ordination Conference. But rest assured OPJIC has retained its founder’s spirit. The website includes a quote from notorious women’s ordination advocate Theresa Kane and an announcement that equally notorious dissident Joan Chittister will be the featured speaker at a symposium hosted by Xavier University. (source)
I guess this is the new version of “Eat all the food on your plate, there are starving people in the world.” Like that suggestion is actually does nothing for real problems and access to water is a serious problem in some parts of the world. Just as long as an action makes you feel good about yourself actual connection to doing good isn’t important. As an exercise in solidarity this one is pretty silly,
Now if you really wanted to flush half as often, get rid of your government mandated comode and buy a classic one where only one flush is actually required.