Friday of the Second Week in Advent
Job, Chapter 32, Verse 6
So Elihu, son of Barachel the
Buzite, answered and said: I am young and you are very old; therefore I held
back and was AFRAID to declare to you
A person’s age does not bring
wisdom-but wisdom does come to those who are open to the workings of the spirit
comes out of nowhere.
only mentioned in these passages, but his speech adds a new layer to Job's
friends' words, so pay attention.
starts by stating that he is younger than the other three, and that he is only
speaking out of concern for Job. Fair enough.
then tells Job that he (Job) isn't necessarily a sinner, but that his
misfortunes are just part of a cycle of divine power that cannot be questioned
or understood. It just is.
guy is clearly very chill. He basically tells Job that he's not necessarily a
sinner just because he is being punished, but his reaction to that punishment
is an expression of foolishness.
yeah…he's calling Job a fool.
A special devotion that can be performed during Advent to prepare for the coming of the Infant Savior. It can be adapted for adults and/or children and applied as is appropriate to your state in life.
· 5th day, December 15th: THE STRAW—Mortification Today the infant Jesus desires mortification from us; therefore, let us watch for opportunities with a joyful heart. Not look about when we are walking; not lean back when sitting; not warm ourselves when cold; not satisfy the taste at table; when tempted to impatience not to show it and yield our own opinion to that of others. Today really listen to others.
of the Catholic Church
PART THREE: LIFE IN CHRIST
SECTION ONE-MAN'S VOCATION LIFE IN THE
ONE-THE DIGNITY OF THE HUMAN PERSON
Article 4-THE MORALITY OF HUMAN ACTS
makes man a moral subject. When he acts deliberately, man is, so to speak, the
father of his acts. Human acts, that is, acts that are freely chosen in
consequence of a judgment of conscience, can be morally evaluated. They are
either good or evil.
I first started training for marathons a little over ten years ago, my coach told me something I’ve never
forgotten: that I would need to learn how to be comfortable with being
uncomfortable. I didn’t know it at the time, but that skill, cultivated
through running, would help me as much, if not more, off the road as it would
on it. It’s not just me, and it’s not just running.
Ask anyone whose day regularly includes a hard bike ride, sprints in the pool,
a complex problem on the climbing wall, or a progressive powerlifting circuit,
and they’ll likely tell you the same: A difficult conversation just doesn’t
seem so difficult anymore. A tight deadline is not so intimidating.
Relationship problems are not so problematic. Maybe it’s that if you’re
regularly working out, you’re simply too tired to care. But that’s probably not
the case. Research shows that, if anything, physical activity boosts short-term
brain function and heightens awareness. And even on days they don’t train —
which rules out fatigue as a factor — those who habitually push their bodies
tend to confront daily stressors with a stoic demeanor. While the traditional
benefits of vigorous exercise — like prevention and treatment of diabetes,
heart disease, stroke, hypertension, and osteoporosis — are well known and
often reported, the most powerful benefit might be the lesson that my coach
imparted to me: In a world where comfort is king, arduous physical activity
provides a rare opportunity to practice suffering.
Few hone this skill better than professional endurance and adventure athletes.
Regardless of sport, the most resounding theme, by far, is that they’ve all
learned how to embrace uncomfortable situations:
marathoner Des Linden told me that at mile 20 of 26.2, when the inevitable
suffering kicks in, through years of practice she’s learned to stay relaxed and
in the moment. She repeats the mantra: “calm, calm, calm; relax, relax, relax.”
big-wave surfer Nic Lamb says being uncomfortable, and even afraid, is a
prerequisite to riding four-story waves. But he also knows it’s “the path to
personal development.” He’s learned that while you can pull back, you can
almost always push through. “Pushing through is courage. Pulling back is
regret,” he says.
Alex Honnold explains that, “The only way to deal with [pain] is practice. [I]
get used to it during training so that when it happens on big climbs, it feels normal.”
Stevens, the women’s record holder for most miles cycled in an hour (29.81 –
yes, that’s nuts), says that during her hardest training intervals, “instead of
thinking I want these to be over, I try to feel and sit with the pain.
Heck, I even try to embrace it.”
climber Jimmy Chin, the first American to climb up — and then ski down — Mt.
Everest’s South Pillar Route, told me an element of fear is there in everything
he does, but he’s learned how to manage it: “It’s about sorting out perceived
risk from real risk, and then being as rational as possible with what’s left.”
you don’t need to scale massive vertical pitches or run five-minute miles to
reap the benefits. Simply training for your first half marathon or CrossFit
competition can also yield huge dividends that carry over into other areas of
life. In the words of Kelly Starrett, one of the founding fathers of the
CrossFit movement, “Anyone can benefit from cultivating a physical practice.”
Science backs him up. A study published in the British Journal of Health
Psychology found that college students who went from not exercising
at all to even a modest program (just two to three gym visits per week)
reported a decrease in stress, smoking, alcohol and caffeine consumption, an
increase in healthy eating and maintenance of household chores, and better
spending and study habits. In addition to these real-life improvements, after
two months of regular exercise, the students also performed better on
laboratory tests of self-control. This led the researchers to speculate that
exercise had a powerful impact on the students’ “capacity for self-regulation.”
In laypeople’s terms, pushing through the discomfort associated with exercise —
saying “yes” when their bodies and minds were telling them to say “no” — taught
the students to stay cool, calm, and collected in the face of difficulty,
whether that meant better managing stress, drinking less, or studying more. For this reason, the author Charles Duhigg, in his
2012 bestseller The Power of Habit, calls exercise a “keystone
habit,” or a change in one area life that brings about positive effects in
other areas. Duhigg says keystone habits are powerful because “they change our
sense of self and our sense of what is possible.” This explains why the charity Back on My Feet uses
running to help individuals who are experiencing homelessness improve their
situations. Since launching in 2009, Back on My Feet has had over 5,500
runners, 40 percent of whom have gained employment after starting to run with
the group and 25 percent of whom have found permanent housing. This is also
likely why it’s so common to hear about people who started training for a
marathon to help them get over a divorce or even the death of a loved one. Another study,
this one published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology, evaluated how
exercise changes our physiological response to stress. Researchers at the
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, in Germany, divided students into two groups
at the beginning of the semester and instructed half to run twice a week for 20
weeks. At the end of the 20 weeks, which coincided with a particularly
stressful time for the students — exams — the researchers had the students wear
heart-rate monitors to measure their heart-rate variability, which is a common
indicator of physiological stress (the more variability, the less stress). As
you might guess by now, the students who were enrolled in the running program
showed significantly greater heart-rate variability. Their bodies literally
were not as stressed during exams: They were more comfortable during a
generally uncomfortable time. What’s remarkable and
encouraging about these studies is that the subjects weren’t exercising at
heroic intensities or volumes. They were simply doing something that was
physically challenging for them – going from no exercise to some exercise; one
need not be an elite athlete or fitness nerd to reap the bulletproofing
benefits of exercise. Why does any of this
matter? For one, articles that claim prioritizing big fitness goals is a waste
of time (exhibit A: “Don’t Run a Marathon”) are downright wrong. But
far more important than internet banter, perhaps a broader reframing of
exercise is in order. Exercise isn’t just about helping out your health down
the road, and it’s certainly not just about vanity. What you do in the gym (or
on the roads, in the ocean, etc.) makes you a better, higher-performing person
outside of it. The truth, cliché as it may sound, is this: When you develop
physical fitness, you’re developing life fitness, too.
Today's Fast: Unite in the work of the Porters of St. Joseph by joining them
in fasting: Today's Fast: Families of St. Joseph.
Jesse Tree: Mary: Matt. 1:18-25; Luke
1:26-38 Symbols: lily, crown of stars, pierced heart