Many of us may feel that we’ve been in a Lenten mode of “cutting back” for some time now. With the belt-tightening required by the downturn in the economy, we’ve already assessed what things we can do without and made necessary cuts. Whether it’s cutting the cable or satellite service, adjusting the thermostat, taking public transportation or making sacrifices that go deeper and require more significant changes in the way we live, all such changes, when they’re born of necessity, are stressful.
Finances are a significant area of conflict for many couples. Money may represent dependency, control, freedom, security, pleasure or self-worth. When our finances are threatened, so are those things that money represents for us. This may bring out stronger reactions than the financial situation warrants.
Many of our parish couples are dealing with conflict in their marriages—about finances or other issues. Greg and Jennifer Willits, hosts of the talk radio show “The Catholics Next Door,” speak about negotiating marital conflict in a segment of American Catholic Radio.
American Catholic Radio is a weekly half-hour program for adult faith formation. It’s produced at St. Anthony Messenger Press and funded by the U.S. Bishops’ Catholic Communication Campaign. It’s heard on Catholic stations around the country and on the Catholic Channel on Sirius Satellite Radio. You can also find an archive of all the shows at www.franciscanradio.org/archive.asp. Share this information with your parishioners to make them aware of this valuable resource for faith formation that’s available to them 24/7.
Lent is a time of prioritizing and pushing aside those things that cause us to stumble on the path to Christ. During Lent or any time of the year, cutting back can help us focus on those things that are most important.