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Keep on smiling (except for Tom possibly)

The Opus Dei write-up on wiki contains, in a discussion on self-mortification, this gem: Members of Opus Dei, like many Catholics, perform ordinary sacrifices such as smiling even when they are tired.

Is there a list somewhere of ordinary sacrifices? Perhaps, not dropping your burger wrapper on the floor, washing your teaspoon after making a cuppa, or saying "Bless you" when someone sneezes.

I am reminded of the Unknown Armies magic system, and wonder what miracles one might perform with an ordinary sacrifice. Perhaps ensure that the toast falls butter side up, that that meeting with the annoying guy from sales gets postponed, or that there's still one biscuit in the tin when you want one.


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Oct. 12th, 2006 12:55 pm (UTC)
I'd be prepared to eviscerate a passer-by or two for the biscuit thing.

Particularly if they're from the subset of religious people that maintains there's a supernatural requirement for being a good person.
Oct. 13th, 2006 01:59 pm (UTC)
... any parent with young children could, with this magic system, re-order the universe as he or she saw fit. We'd all be building up major and significant charges every few minutes.
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