I apologize in advance if this doesn’t belong in this section.
I went to Confession this morning at a different parish, and received the penance of “Do something nice for someone in need today.” There was emphasis on the “in need” and “today.” And the more I think about it, the more confused I’m getting.
I mean, I’m at work for the next 7 hours. There’s not really an opportunity to do something nice for someone here. Nothing like “hold the door,” unless it’s the bathroom door, but that might be a bit odd and creepy.
After work I have to go grocery shopping. Automatic doors, greeters already push a cart into your way so you take it at Walmart. I suppose I could part far from the entrance and let somebody take the good space. That is, if I do the driving, or the person picking me up drives instead.
My mom did mention vacuuming tonight. I could always do that. But then, is she in need? To me, that means somebody who is doing without something, perhaps a homeless person. There’s not really, to my knowledge, panhandling here. I think it’s illegal. I know that some homeless that stay at the shelter (don’t know where that is) use the library during the day (don’t know where that is either). And I can’t imagine it would be appropriate to even walk up to somebody and say “Excuse me, are you homeless or in need?” in order to do something nice for them.
And then there is the “today” part. And that I will be without a car in about 2 hours until I’m done with work.
I could donate money online to a charity. But that just seems like a cop out. Too easy. Then again, so does the “1 Hail Mary” penance I got once.
And so, the vacuuming for my mom seems to be the one to do. Unless she does it before I get home. She’ll be home before I do.