Friday of the First Week of Lent

Today’s gospel tells us to settle our differences quickly. If we’re on our way to church, stop first to be reconciled. We’re to leave our gifts—our Lenten sacrifices, fasting, almsgiving—and be reconciled. Such advice follows a basic law of psychological and spiritual life; namely, energy follows attention. Wherever we focus our attention is where the energy of our body, mind, and spirit goes. Disagreements, dislike, tensions do not let us focus. But once we are reconciled and able to see another’s view—and perhaps even come to like them—our enthusiasm and energy are restored. Focus good thoughts on those whom you dislike, then your heart will grow more loving. The heart and mind are interacting in concert.

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