One Step Forward, Three Steps Back

I was recently in conversation with a friend of mine. We often use each other as a spiritual sounding board and share our struggles and successes with one another. He and I both have an issue with pride that manifests itself for us in different ways. As our conversation progressed to its apex, my friend revealed that he often feels as though he has taken one step forward and three steps back. I think this is a feeling we have all had from time to time, but I tried to offer him something from my experience of this same sensation. Perhaps it is not that he has taken one step forward and three steps back, but rather, the new perspective from the step he has taken reveals his destination is two steps further away than he had thought.

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Lenten Freeze

Recently I was leaving Mass at St. Philippine Duchesne and I held the door for an elderly nun as we both walked out to the parking lot. We exchanged small talk on the way to our cars, mostly centered on the weather. This was the morning of the short reemergence of winter. I noted that it was quite the contrast to see a fresh coat of snow resting on the new blossoms and leaves as the various trees emerged from their winter dormancy. As we closed out our short and cordial conversation, she made the comment that this seemed more appropriate, more like Lent than Easter (as we had been experiencing). Amazing how in such a low key conversation, we were able to dive inadvertently into the deeper meaning of this season. Continue reading “Lenten Freeze”