Fasting from Independence 

“Fasting makes sense if it really chips away at our security and, as a consequence, benefits someone else, if it helps us cultivate the style of the good Samaritan, who bent down to his brother in need and took care of him.”

Pope Francis
I’m really good at "taking on the monkey." I have honed my expertise at sensing a problem, overreacting to the situation and inserting myself in order to micromanage the details to completion. In truth, I am pretty good at "gettin’ it done." The only problem is that I am not helping anyone. As good as I may be at executing, I am probably equally effective at telling myself that when I jump in, I am saving the day. Even worse, at times I can become frustrated that I "had to" when, in fact, it was me who chose to take on the situation. I wonder if my desire to be the hero truly "benefits someone else". Or, does it prevent the necessary "chipping away of my own security" which might enable me to help others grow and to help me grow closer to God? For the last seven years, I have given up bread for Lent, which tends to have consequences for the team in the office (at least for the first two weeks). Perhaps, I need to try something different this year. Prayers for successfully chipping away at what separates you from the Lord!

by Daniel Cellucci

Feb 27, 2017

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