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Lamplighter - Fr. Ralph

posted Oct 29, 2015, 12:42 PM by St. Thomas Church   [ updated Dec 24, 2019, 6:32 AM ]

It is said that January is the month in which the most exercise equipment is sold.  I imagine it is because people try to make a New Year’s resolution to exercise more. We want to changes to improve our health. By January 1st, or the 6th for the more technical, Christmas is over. We have probably eaten too much.  I have eaten too many of the wrong foods! Our bodies are feeling it and we are motivated to change.  We even make agreements with friends to exercise with us to help with the lack of willpower. 

I was pondering this annual ritual and wondered about when it is that we might come to grips with our inadequate spiritual diet and the unintended consequences.  Is there a time of year when we make new pledges to ourselves (and God) to commit to practices that improve our spiritual health? Lent provides a little of that for us.  We might give up something for six weeks.  We might add something for six weeks. Few talk about ongoing life changes.  Do we buy new spiritual exercise equipment?  Do we contract with a friend for regular exercise and training?

This year, when the conversations about New Year’s resolutions begin to happen, consider a spiritual resolution. Consider spiritual exercise equipment, like a new Bible or recommended book on prayer.  If you are short on willpower, will you consider a friend or two to meet with regularly to encourage and help each other with your spiritual disciplines?

Like physical exercise, our spiritual exercise will bring benefits.  Our hearts will be lighter.  Our awareness of God will be clearer.  Our love will increase and we will be surprised with our generosity.  Our gratitude will be expressed to God and others. Joy will increase.  The hope of Christmas will stay with us. 

The peace of Christ be with us all

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