Thursday, March 29, 2012

The gift of simplicity

"'Tis the gift to be simple, 'tis the gift to be free
'Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
'Twill be in the valley of love and delight."
Traditional Shaker hymn

Just when I firmly resolve to pare down, clean out, get-by-with-much-less and simplify my life...the 30% off coupon from Kohl's arrives in the mail. The pull of the world, represented by the 30% off coupon from Kohl's, is so hard to resist! We are continually given the message that we need more, should want more and that our lives will be so much better with...well, more! When, in reality, we already have so much more than we need. As we approach Holy Week, next week, what can we do to prepare our own lives for the symbolically bare altar of Holy Thursday night? We need to clean ourselves up, inside and out. There is the Sacrament of Reconciliation Monday evening at 7:00 at Christ the King. That can help us clean up the inside. Can we spend some time this weekend, going through our pantries, cupboards and closets and find things that will help others? Can we share what we have with those who have less? That seems like a good way to prepare for Holy Week. Love, heidi

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