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National Geographic - Inside The U.S. Secret Service - Game Day

alec vanderboom

I used this documentary as a metaphor to explain Lent to my young son. The Secret Service has some awesome spiritual parallels to us Catholic spiritual warriors. Human nature commands us to duck whenever we hear gun shots. Yet through great effort, the Secret Service train their body to turn TOWARDS gunfire in order to protect the life of the President. In a similar fashion, it's human nature to shy away from suffering. Lent, however, asks us to train our bodies with fasting to turn towards suffering in order to help protect the souls of others.