I'm a 36 year old IT Manager at a University in Providence, RI who is currently discerning a priestly vocation.

Awareness

Awareness

I would rather die than do something which I know to be a sin, or to be against God’s will.
— St. Joan of Arc

Brothers & Sisters,

I’ve been thinking a lot about how to properly start this Lenten project of writing every day and giving you something to think about. I keep coming back to one word: awareness. Specifically, I’ve been thinking about how we all should be aware of the actions we take voluntarily daily. Are those actions aligned towards the good or less good things? What do those actions say about us as a person?

The thing is every decision we make is not made within a vacuum, and it seems to me that when we put ourselves first and foremost at the center of everything and let our ego control us, we get tunnel vision. We never take into consideration the ripples of the thing we’re about to do and only care that it is going to give us the best feeling at the time.

Awareness of this ego allows us to make sure the action we’re about to take is done so with the regard not only for ourselves but those around us. While we might not be able to understand every single consequence, if we’re doing our level best to understand as best we can then we will consistently be led towards the good and not away from it.

The other thing about awareness that intrigues me is how it allows us to come to grips with the fact that a decision we are about to make might be painful to us, but we know it’s the right thing to do. It starts that process of acceptance of the right decision even though it might feel like the world is about to end. Without this awareness, we’d never be able to make that decision, and we’d always be led down the path of the less good choice and who knows where would end up in that case!

Brothers and sisters if you take one thing from today it’s this: slow down enough to realize that your actions affect everything around you and that you aren’t a singular being on this planet. In this way, you’ll always be able to make the right decision that’s guided towards you being the best person you could possibly be.

Yours,
Jeff

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