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Now to take it further & actually live in a way that one delays gratification or simply does not meet all of one's personal wants & our children's want in an effort to be mindful of & in solidarity with the many in our world for whom this is a reality. To live in a 'sacrificial simplicity' in order to have more to share with those around us & abroad that have less; to consume less & by so fight the raping of the earth & abuse of so many peoples lives who work to produce the stuff that our over consumption leads to ; to choose to follow Christ & to choose poverty verses wealth. Now that is the challenge that haunts me & calls me daily. I too often pat myself on the back for small efforts towards this or let myself off the hook because of others' habits. May 2013 be a year of stronger resolve & greater richness in my character in this effort.