Great session last night. George Bailey is about as good a guy as anyone could hope to be. We agree he had a good moral compass, represented by his father, Peter and Peter's allegiance to the savings and loan and his "shabby little office." Yet, we asked, should George not have followed his dreams of travel, college and career? Didn't he fulfil his "virtual" contract with his brother and his family? Would it have been wrong for him to say "hey, it's my turn?"
This prompted a discussion of the two greatest commandments and we wondered how do we know that when we put our neighbors' needs before ours are we always doing it for the right reasons? (In last night's Gospel, Matthew 23:1-12, Jesus warns us about those people who talk a good line, and use their "power" to cite their will as God's Law. Does this apply to George? What about some of the other characters?
We also asked a question that we will ask for the rest of our lives: How do we know we are following God's Will? The best answer I heard last night was that if we truly believe that we love the Lord our God with all our heart, and all our soul and all our mind we are doing OK. The key here is "intention." Check out
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