I'm hoping the Lord will use this resolution to help me live a less cluttered, more simple lifestyle. Things can get in the way of what's really important. We spend so much time shifting our stuff, dusting and cleaning our stuff, organizing our stuff that we hardly have time for the important things in life. But, sad to say, I'm still addicted to stuff - primarily books. So many of my books are like old friends I can't bear to part with. I even have my college textbook of Chaucer in Middle English. Every now and then I pull it out and read a few lines. It makes the Canterbury Tales a real challenge.
The freest I ever felt in my life was when I spent four days in jail in Arlington for participating in an abortion mill rescue. I had nothing but my prison-issue shirt and pants, a bible, a rosary, a toothbrush, a small tube of toothpaste, a comb, a change of underwear, and a cup. It was a liberating experience. Now if I could just foster that simplicity at home. But I'm not praying for detachment. When I prayed for humility I backed into a fence post and knocked it down. Then I caught a spoon in the garbage disposal blades that required a service call to get out. I'm afraid the quickest way to detachment is a fire, so I'm not tempting the Lord. Instead these days, I just pray to desire God's will. It's better if I don't know what I'm asking for.