T.S. Eliot wrote the prayer: “Teach us to care and not to care.” Sometimes we have the impression that to be a good Christian, we must always care. We extend ourselves to care for our families and coworkers. We are concerned about our neighbors and the place where we live. We are learning more about how to tend the earth. We donate to collections for people caught in natural disasters. The heroically caring ones volunteer to help in developing countries as volunteers and missionaries. So what should we learn not to care about? Spend some time pondering on misplaced caring in your life. Do we care too much about what others think of us…especially our style and possessions? Do we spend energy caring about what celebrities are doing? Are we worried about our social standing? Do we fume over not being appreciated enough? Clearly there is something to learn about not caring as well as caring.
By Mary Jackle, OSB