Thursday, February 23, 2012

Life and Death Decisions

In this second day of Lent our first reading is the stark choice offered by God in the Book Deuteronomy.

"Today I have set before you life and prosperity, death and doom....
Choose life.

In reality all day every day we are making life and death decisions. With every choice we make we take another step toward one or the other.
Look for example at the so called seven deadly sins:
pride, greed, envy, anger, gluttony, sloth and lust.
Now look at their corresponding virtues:
humility(humilitas), generosity(charitas), kindness (humanitas), patience, temperance, diligence(industria), and chastity.
BTW, a married couple is considered chaste,as long as they are faithful; the word doesn't mean what some think.

Each time we choose one of these 14 we are taking a step one direction or the other.

Perhaps this Lent we can focus on the virtues, look for those opportunities we have during the day to take a step toward life. This list is by no means complete but it is a could place to start. Perhaps with practice by the end of Lent some will even be habits.