Our virtue this week is that of MODERATION – The strength to remain within reasonable limits and avoid improper excess or extremes. What are some areas of life where we need to practice MODERATION? (Eating, drinking, driving, use of social media, internet, TV, etc) If we do not live this virtue, our lives can spin out of control very quickly and painfully.
Lord Jesus, when You were tempted in the desert by the devil You gave us a great example of MODERATION. You had the strength to remain within reasonable limits and avoid improper extremes. We need Your help to do the same. Grant us the desire to embrace the virtue of MODERATION and when we experience temptation or weakness may we always reach out to you for help.
Does anyone have any prayer intentions? Who wants to lead us in a prayer?
TWO OUNCES OVER
There was once a wrestler who was very accomplished. As a Senior in high school he won the State Championship fulfilling a life-long dream. He then set his sights on wrestling in college. His new dream was to one day win the National Championship. He made the team and he began working hard.
As you know, one of the major parts of wrestling is “making weight.” That is weighing the exact amount or less that you are competing at. This wrestler had struggled with the strength of moderation with regard to his weight his whole wrestling career. His coaches would always tell him … once the season starts try not to be over 3 or 4 pounds above your weight the day before a match or tournament.
He never listened. Somehow he was always able to lose the weight and be able to wrestle. He would routinely weigh 7 pounds over the allotted amount the day of a match.
Fast forward to his Junior year in college … he qualifies for the National Championship tournament and surprises a lot of people. He finishes 5th and attains All American status. A huge achievement that fueled his desire to win it all as a Senior. It was definitely an achievable goal.
He worked harder than anyone else on the team, was an incredible leader … but he still did not practice moderation with regard to his weight. As his Senior season wore on, he grew more and more tired of cutting the weight. It got harder and harder.
It came time for the final tournament a few weeks before the National Championship. You had to do well here to qualify for the “big dance”. He arrived, once again, 6 pounds overweight. He ran, worked out … did all he could and when he stepped on the scale for the final weigh-in … he was 2 ounces over.
He was disqualified for that tournament and therefore not eligible for the National Championship … 2 ounces. It took him an entire year to come to grips with this … He is still a tremendous young man and now he shares his story with others in the hope that it will help others not make the same mistakes …
||Is there anything in your life that your parents, teachers, coaches … have been telling you over and over to avoid but you have not listened?
||Why do you think we all do this one way or another … constantly do things we know are wrong?
||How would you console this wrestler if you were his coach?
||A way to strengthen our will to be more moderate in things is to make small sacrifices, such as no sweets for a day, or no texting for a morning … What small sacrifice are you willing to make?
Let’s make an extra effort today to embrace constructive criticism. Let’s challenge one another to give our absolute best.
Tell me about a food or a snack that you have a hard time eating with MODERATION.
When you think of the word MODERATION what or who do you think about?
Lord God, MODERATION is a tough virtue to practice. It is just so easy to eat too much, snack too much, etc. Give us the wisdom and strength to conquer these temptations so we can be in control of ourselves instead of being controlled by food, drink or other things. Help us to practice MODERATION by letting others (teammates, friends or family members) serve themselves first or get the best piece, the best seat, etc. In Your Name we pray. Amen.
WAY TO LIVE THE VIRTUE THIS WEEK
Let others (teammates, friends or family members) serve themselves first or get the best piece, the best seat, etc.
“Modesty and unselfishness – these are virtues which men praise – and pass by.” – André Maurois
“Swallow your pride occasionally, it’s non-fattening! – Author Unknown
“What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.” – Abraham Lincoln
“Too many people overvalue what they are not and undervalue what they are.” – Malcolm S. Forbes
“It’s easy to make a buck. It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.” – Tom Brokaw
“The hardest arithmetic to master is that which enables us to count our
blessings. “ – Eric Hoffer
“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something.
And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” – Edward Everett Hale
Ephesians 5: 15-20
Watch carefully then how you live, not as foolish persons but as wise, making the most of the opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not continue in ignorance, but try to understand what is the will of the Lord. And do not get drunk on wine, in which lies debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another [in] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and playing to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks always and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.
St. Camillus de Lellis
Humanly speaking, Camillus was not a likely candidate for sainthood. His mother died when he was a child, his father neglected him, and he grew up with an excessive love for gambling.
At 17, he was afflicted with a disease of his leg that remained with him for life.
In Rome he entered the San Giacomo Hospital for Incurables as both patient and servant, but was dismissed for quarrelsomeness after nine months. He served in the Venetian army for three years.
Later in life he became a priest and founded a community that was focused on serving the sick.
Charity was his first concern, but the physical aspects of the hospital also received his diligent attention. Camillus insisted on cleanliness and the technical competence of those who served the sick. The members of his community bound themselves to serve prisoners and persons infected by the plague as well as those dying in private homes.