In his annual (2.18.15 Rome) Lenten message, the pope shares, “Indifference to our neighbor and to God also represents a real temptation for us Christians. Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience.”
From 1975 to 1978 I was blessed to work with my most devoted real estate mentor. David Pollack was a leading creator of condominiums in Nashville. He was also Jewish and brought me into the Nashville Jewish community which was some five hundred families at the time. During those years Friday’s was a popular place to socialize and for quite some time there was a regular gathering of cohorts on Friday afternoons. One of those Friday’s was at the beginning of Lent and the discussion turned to sacrificial offerings by those who would fast. This was a playful group and the cocktails flowed freely. After several testimonials there was a pause.
David announced, ‘I am going to do Lent this year.’
Someone asked, ‘And what will you give up?’
David responded, ‘My gratuitous criticism of others.’
David was a dear friend and wise teacher during those years.