What's stopping the county -- and homeowners -- from disposing of these chemicals and materials on a regular basis? What homeowner wants to stockpile old aerosol cans in their house until one of these three Saturdays comes along? I'm sure there are facilities around the county where such things can be disposed of at leisure, but I don't know where they are or what their hours are.HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALAND ELECTRONICSWASTE DISPOSAL DAY
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I think this is a decent analogy for the general attitude (at least in some dioceses in the United States) towards the sacrament of Reconciliation. While some parishes have the sacrament celebrated weekly, it isn't given great publicity. There are communal penance services (with individual reception of the sacrament, of course!) during Advent and Lent, but does this promote the proper theology of this sacrament, the proper theology of sin? It's unhealthy and improper to hold onto mortal sins for months at a time (keeping them "under the kitchen sink", if you will) all the while going about like nothing's amiss.
Mortal sins, like volatile chemicals, deserve (even demand) immediate attention. If priests can make the sacrament of Reconciliation more available to those souls under their care (and any other souls who happen to be passing by), and speak up about the necessity, importance, and beauty of this sacrament, then maybe we'll regain a sense of sin and a sense of personal responsibility for our conduct as Catholics, and (God-willing) we'll become more faithful, charitable, and moral people.