We have been slightly off track due to a death in my family and another planned obligation. So part of our group met on Friday, closed the chapter on food, then discussed the clothing and possessions chapters. Although they are separate chapters, we agreed they are very similar since clothing ARE possessions!!
Some of us in the group feeling defensive of Jen’s seemingly making us feel guilty. We concluded that you can give and give and give to the poor, but not change too much of the cyclical root problems. On the other hand, we concluded that pressing on with good works of generosity—If just one person benefits–it’s worth it.
With this in mind we came up with two assignments for this week:
1. Count the number of clothing items in your closet that are available to you on a daily basis. Come to the group with the number of items you have.
2. Tackle some of your “possessions” before Thursday and put those you really don’t need in a bag. Bring the bag(s) to our meeting this Thursday. A member of our 7 group will take the bags to Catholic Social Services after our meeting. This can be clothing or household items. Yes, CSS does sell items, but they also help families/individuals in need of setting up a home.
3. We will begin reading and tackling the “media” chapter during Master’s week. Come prepared to discuss how you can trim down your use of media to make room for God’s work in your life.
All present on Friday agreed that the workbook is a great resource–a “Spark Notes” for the book!! We watched part of the You Tube video interview with Jen on Friday, too.You can Google that interview on possessions if you want to watch at home.
The main goal of the group is to clear the clutter so that God can do His work.
It’s a busy week–tackle those assignments in conjunction with your Master’s prep.