As our Lenten journey gathers speed we soon will face that moment when we start to wonder how do I maintain this discipline given all that is going on in the real world. Do I really have time in my day for prayer, fasting, meditation, introspection, etc. Who is getting my work done at the office, when do I have time for family, etc. We have this notion that our devotion to the spiritual takes away from our real world. This feeling is brought on by the belief that the drama of life itself – the frustration of earning a living, the pain and suffering of poor health, or the emotional roller-coaster of an intimate relationship – make it difficult to be on a spiritual journey. We presume that a spiritual path does not include any of our worldly wanderings, that our spiritual world and our daily world are exclusionary. Yet it’s in the midst of our worldly problems we find spiritual illumination. Stresses challenge us to develop heroism. Obstacles we face are creative catalysts. During Lent we discover that the true test of our spirituality is how well we manage our day, and whether there is a difference in how we handle our problems.
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