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Fr. Groeschel on “Age Quod Agis” (Do What You Are Doing)

October 19, 2010

(April 6, 2007)

I just came across this in The Virtue Driven Life (Our Sunday Visitor, 2006) in his chapter on temperance. I thought it was a nice addition to the Age Quod Agis [Do what you are doing] thread.

Part of temperance is taking care of ourselves. Obsessive-compulsive workaholism is obviously not a sign of temperance. Even if we enjoy our work, we need to practice temperance and get adequate rest. Careful, Benedict!

Enjoy what’s going on while it’s going on. If you go to the supermarket, enjoy it. Don’t make it drudgery. Talk to the cashier. Speak to the people at the fruit counter. Chat with a neighbor. Try to get to know people, get them to talk to you, and make your passage through life pleasurable. If you are a private person and find it a chore or somewhat difficult to speak to strangers, at least smile. As an old extrovert, I deeply appreciate a quiet person with a genuine smile; in addition, such a person listens to us, which practically no one else does.

Slow down. Smell the flowers as you go by, and then you won’t need too much of this world’s goods. Enjoy your work and you won’t need too much time off. Enjoy being at home and you won’t have to go away so much.

Many people are intemperate because they are miserable and suffering. Their life is a big long misery, so they decide to brighten it up with mountains of potato chips. They’re addicted to potato chips or sweets or even beer. Look at your own intemperateness and see if unhappiness is causing it.

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