A new year of expectation
Whether we realize it or not, we are all being formed. Formation of our heart is either happening to us in a passive way, or we take on the formation of our hearts with intention.
This coming year I am considering two words: Detachment and Discipline
I continue to need an increase in both. To be further detached from pleasures of food and drink, material comforts, and conveniences of time. I am often too much in a hurry. I walked to Publix tonight to buy some groceries. I could have driven there in less than 3 minutes, but it felt actually pleasurable to walk in the cold, taking the extra time to consider the inconveniences of walking. It slowed me down, gave me more time to think, and was actually good to spend the extra time.
I also need an increase in disciplines. Discipline to write more, read more books and less Facebook and Twitter, and an increase in the disciplines of prayer. This last year, I solidified my discipline of morning prayer with the Liturgy of the Hours. However, in the coming year, I intend to carve out the needed time in the evening for night prayer/evening prayer.