If we are honest with ourselves we too face the same temptations that Jesus did in the desert. Self gratification rears its ugly head in many circumstances. Discipline is necessary if we are to avoid those shortcut behaviors that provide at best short term satisfaction but not long term renewal. How often have we dreamt about making a mighty splash in our seemingly routine world. It can be hard to believe that living the life we are living, as mundane as it seems, can serve God and others just as well. What about the temptation of having it all? We want so very much to fill up the empty hole within us and so we pursue a materialistic way of life. It is only that which comes from God that gives us what we truly need to be blended and happy. May this Lenten season fill each of us with hope and joy.