The second approach in Lent is defined by John Chrysostom, an important church Father of the fourth century: “No act of virtue can be great if it is not followed by advantage for others. So, no matter how much time you spend fasting, no matter how much you sleep on a hard floor and eat ashes and sigh continually, if you do no good to others, you do nothing great.” The recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida preceded by shootings of school children in Sandy Hook (more than 150 children & adults have been killed in school shootings since 1990), mass killing in Las Vegas, Orlando, San Bernardino, Baltimore and the accounts of tragic, even senseless death goes on. Columnist Peggy Noonan asked, “what’s gone wrong with our culture that produces such atrocities?” In each case we shared grief, heard the president make some nice comments, heard the call for reform but nothing happened. Whatever it was, anger, mental illness, guns (the list goes on) we believe we can identify the cause but apparently can’t stop it from happening again. Or is it better said, we could stop it from happening again but we seemingly don’t have the moral courage to make change happen. Maybe America has always been divided in some ways but never like it is today. There are a lot of angry people out there and the scary thing is that I (and even you) might be part of that crowd.