Monday, January 23, 2012
Our adult religious ed is doing Father Barron's study on the Seven Deadly Sins. As with almost everything the Word on Fire ministries produces, I cannot recommend the series highly enough.
There's been a lot of internet commentary on the dangers of comparing ourselves to other people, and finding ourselves inadequate. The party response has been to keep our eyes on our own papers, and be satisfied with our own capabilities. Unfortunately, keeping our eyes on our own papers doesn't really provide us with an opportunity for growth.
Father Barron proposes that to combat to the deadly sin of envy, we should cultivate the opposing virtue of Admiration.
I'm working on it. Here are a few people who no longer make me want to die of jealousy because I admire them so much:
1. Simcha Fisher, who is funny.
2. Marc Barnes, who hits it out of the park (and recently, into the Wall Street Journal) so frequently, and at such a young age, it's just weird.
3. Heather King, who is thought provoking, frank, and fearlessly herself.
None of them need my little link here to keep doing what they're doing. But it helps me.
I would also add Father Barron to my list, but his work is so clearly the work of the Holy Spirit, I fear it would be blasphemy to envy it.