February 17, 2010

Coffee & My Inner Jesuit

So I wasn't sure whether or not I was able to have coffee during a day of fast and abstinence, so I checked Catholic Answers and found this interesting:
The other day I caught a few minutes of [Mother Angelica's] show, recorded in Feb. 1994. It was just before Lent. A lady called in and told Mother she was a coffee addict. Mother replied (everyone gasped) that she drank at least three cups herself each day.

The caller was wrestling over whether or not, or even if she could, surrender coffee as a Lenten penance.

Mother listened for a minute and told her all she heard in her voice was "Coffee!" The lady was obsessing over coffee. Mother replied that she should be obssessing over Jesus instead, and doing whatever it was she was going to do at Lent out of love. Mother suggested the lady have one cup each morning, for her sanity, and give up coffee the rest of the day. That way, with coffee out of the way, she wouldn't be obssessing over coffee all day, could more easily give it up later in the day, and concentrate on other devotion, not to mention the rest of her life, instead.
While on the subject, here's something from St. Clement via Steven Riddle: "Let us fix our thoughts on the blood of Christ; and reflect how precious that blood is in God's eyes, inasmuch as its outpouring for our salvation has opened the grace of repentance to all mankind."


Elena said...

What practical and wise advice! I love Mother Angelica.

TS said...

Yes indeed. I appreciate her much more after reading Arroyo's biography.