This friend of mine is currently in an initial six-month training program for a big-name consulting company. The environment is intense and sometimes stressful and recently, during a week-long role play, the intensity and stress reached new heights. The week began well, but by Tuesday his team began to unravel and this led him to choose poor eating habits, poorer stress-relieving choices and ultimately, to lose a lot of sleep. By Friday, he was so frustrated and overwhelmed, he almost burst into tears in front of his teammates and two bosses. Eventually, after an instructor-intervention, his team was able to regroup and salvage the lost project. But that’s not the good news. The good news came when my friend remarked, “Through it all, God’s burning love is at work in my life. He used a terrible week at work to take a sledgehammer to my perfectionism and to show me that things won’t always work out the way I want them. He really loves me.” Now, I’m no expert in these matters, but I’d say my friend is not far from the Kingdom of God. And I’d also say that openness to the love of God in our everyday lives, especially in our failures, is what lent is all about.
Fr. Isaac Spinharney, CFR