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February 06, 2009
Vol. 50 No. 14

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The Chaplain's Corner

Toward the end of his poem, "Ash Wednesday," T. S. Eliot includes this prayer: "Teach us to care and not to care."

The first request sounds familiar to all who have made and heard pleas to end apathy, to demonstrate compassion and to advocate vigorously for those at the margins of society.

The second petition sets me to wondering: How much discontentment results from investing too much emotional, intellectual, and spiritual energy in things that are simply not worth caring about?

Try these questions on for size. Am I anxious because I try too hard to win the approval of every single human being with whom I come in contact?

Do I stress over my debt because I care too much what others might think if I said, "I can't afford that right now"?

Do I pout and grow sullen if I don't get my way? Do I care more about getting an A than about getting an education?

If these are questions worth considering, then Eliot's may be a prayer worth praying.

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