The other morning at Mass the priest gave a homily about fasting. He pointed out that the idea behind fasting isn’t “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 out to dinner (preferably someone who doesn’t get to go out much or you find difficult).
The goal is not to get something to happen for us, in other words, but 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.
There is something in it for us, too. There will be enough money, enough time, enough love for us. But we get to make the goal other people.
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IN ATWATER VILLAGE–WHAT IS IT?
NOTE PARTIALLY-OBSCURED “JESUS ANSWERS PRAYERS” SIGN,