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Jan 25, 2021

This is Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. As we settle into winter, we have a tendency to self-isolate. When the temperature drops, we raise the thermostat inside. This year, sadly due to the pandemic, it is not merely the season that pushes us to social distance. Hopefully we can make ourselves comfortable and safe, but this can also make us complacent. Jesus warns against complacency in our spiritual life. So how do we guard against it? There are three ways. One, increase the time we pray. Two, reach out to those who are alone, afraid and in need. Three, take care of yourself physically and emotionally, in body and in spirit. Do not allow yourself to “coast”, rather commit to keeping yourself spiritually energized, not only this winter but throughout the year. By avoiding spiritual complacency, we will remain connected to God and one another, experience growth in our own lives.