Much like the death of Augustine’s friend, I suffered the loss of a friend a short time back; although the thoughts resonate with me still.
All that we can do is watch while the saga unfolds as our own death looms like a guillotine suspended somewhere in the sky over our heads. We walk about full knowing that the cordage to that cleaver may very well break loose at any moment. We are powerless to stop its plummet. We cannot even slow its descent. When it’s time, it’s time, be it grimace or grin beneath the blow.
Our spiritual efforts are attempts to reach a more and more passive position so that God can work through us. He cultivates in us a reflex towards virtue, which equips us for warfare against the world, the flesh, and the devil. Done well—prayerfully and with prudence—fasting freshens the spirit for the fight.
Written by J Vincent Santini Lent is a time to intentionally confront all the ways the first Adam continues to control our lives, to carry these ways to the cross to let them be crucified with Jesus, and to bury them in the tomb never to rise again, through this journey we enter into his death and become new creatures in the Resurrection.1 Lent gives us a time to repent from things that keep us from God and to focus our attention on the life, death, and Resurrection of Christ. Earthly things are wonderful when they are kept in the right perspective as gifts from God, but all to often…