The other morning at Mass the priest gave a homily about fasting. He pointed out fasting is not I'm going to eat less during Lent so I can look good in my bikini this summer. Fasting is not I'm going to spend less now so I can save more for my retirement. Fasting is eating less and with the money you save taking someone (even better if someone who doesn't get to go out much or who you find difficult) to dinner.
The goal is not to get something to happen for us, but to surrender our will and our lives so that, through us, something good or hopeful can happen for other people.
Afterwards, I thought how that is the goal of work, relationships, and all of life. When you're married, you may not feel like being faithful, but you're faithful out of love--not love as a melting emotion, but love as a choice, love as a policy almost. There is something in it for us, too, of course. There will be enough money, enough time, enough love for us. But we get to make the goal other people...
|PRETTY PINK TREE ON GLENDALE BLVD.|
IN ATWATER VILLAGE--WHAT IS IT?
NOTE PARTIALLY-OBSCURED "JESUS ANSWERS PRAYERS" SIGN,