Watching the devastation sweep over Japan has convinced me of a few things: that we are sheltered, comfortable and safe. As our brothers and sisters have their houses ripped away from them, we have ours still, and likely heated to the temperatures we want them to be. This dichotomy is no fault of our own, but our response to the gaping gap of comfort is entirely our responsibility. So, in the same vein of what we discussed earlier, let’s become earthquake victims.
So much food has been lost; let us fast from our own. Beds and blankets have been destroyed; let us sleep on our floors. They have been made poor; let us give alms. The Japanese Church flies to her God in desperation; let us do the same.
It really is Lent.