Dulling Our Senses

November 29, Dorothy Day, “Dulling Our Expectations” Luke 21:34-36

“Be on your guard. Don’t let the sharp edge of expectation get dulled by parties and drinking and shopping.” (34) The Message

We are overwhelmed by materialism, and yesterday the shopping day of all shopping days, highlight the dulling of our expectations. People were sleeping out in front of stores on Thanksgiving night–seeking to save money. Materialism is an addiction that grabs all of us–from the poorest to the richest. In embracing the materialism we lose sight of the One that brings wholeness.

I spent the day hanging out with two sixteen year old friends because their parents were too busy shopping, the newspaper is full of the materialism embracing the area–and in that embrace we lose our souls. For the heart of life is in relationships, and relationships take second place to the money that we seek. The “Black Fridays” of our society are like the circuses of Rome–they take us away from the pain, the hurt, that is around us, and that is being done in our name by those who elected us. Our leaders seem so unaware of the suffering under their noses.

Yesterday I intentionally stayed out of the stores in protest, and during Advent I am going to eat one meal a day in a fast to keep my eyes focused in the coming Christ. We need to let go of our insecurities, our materialism and turn our eyes to the Center of life and reorganized our priorities–so that we might have wholeness and others might have wholeness. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

A basic reason that billions of animals suffer confinement and slaughter is our cultural belief that we need to eat animal-derived foods to be healthy, yet one of the most common motivations many of us have to reduce or eliminate animal food consumption is improving our health!

Illuminating this paradox requires us to investigate our human physiology and the animal foods we eat, and to reconnect with the perennial understanding that cultivating kindness and awareness improves physical and mental health, while harmfulness and unconsciousness lead ultimately to physical and mental disease. Dr. Will Tuttle

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