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Fr. Laurence’s Lenten Reflections
There is always something satisfying and energizing about the process of simplification. We acquire possessions and keep them until we forget what their original attraction or sentimental value was. At some point they just become things, heavy objects that have no meaning or context any more.
Then they become encumbrances, attachments draining us of energy in wasteful ways. This accumulation of life's baggage, more than just the passing of time, is what lies behind aging and the sad sense of inevitable decline. It just gets harder to let go. This applies to the emotional as well as material sphere of life. Whereas the spiritual dimension, like a mathematical 'point', has position but no magnitude.
That means it's real but you can't pin it down or measure it. In this dimension you can't hoard things, and attachments dissolve almost as soon as they form. Getting into it and learning to 'live in the spirit' is hard work at times. Lent is the time to make sure this is a priority because, if we aren't, we are becoming absorbed in the very things that have lost their meaning for us.