Sunday, March 10, 2013

Fasting From My Modern-Day Idols (part 1 of 3)

If you’re like me, you may wonder: “What can I fast from or do this Lent that will make a lasting difference in my life?”

Some bad habits to begin breaking could be:

Texting (seriously? Yes!), game-playing (all kinds!), looking in the mirror, internet surfing, dilly-dallying, driving too fast, dressing immodestly, lust/porn, TV, music, gossip, judging, shopping, negativity, jealousy, curiosity, backbiting, complaining, wasting time, impatience, self-pity, self-love, indulging, smoking/drinking, talking on my phone (or just talking), disrespect & wrath, fretting, temper, being ‘picky’, road rage; my favorite ‘devices’ on which I’m WAY too dependent, “on-line time”, bad company, occasions of sin, staying away from church, confession, my spouse or children; my own thoughts, desires, will & “getting my own way”; MYSELF!!

If I’m too hard on myself, I should stop; if I’m a lazy lout, it’s time to get moving! What are some of your modern-day “idols?”

+Br. Philip Maria Allen, CFR
Most Blessed Sacrament Friary
Newark, NJ
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