Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $36,774 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Core Strength

By Chris Pelicano (bio - articles - email) | Feb 25, 2012

I know a guy who has been active all his life. By conventional standards of diet and exercise he is healthy. But his occupation requires him to sit for exended periods of time in front of his computer and this was crippling him —despite everything he was otherwise doing to stay healthy.

He looked for solutions, but found only band aides —short term 'fixes" for symptoms. Then he spoke to a friend who gave him two pieces of advice: get off your butt more often and build your core strength. His friend knew, by experience, that core strength supports peripheral strength —not the other way around.

It was excellent advice that has a myriad of applications socially, politically, economically, morally, intellectually —and yes, physically. By concentrating on building his core strength, the man reversed his crippling condition. It took time and hard work. And perhaps most importantly, as he grew stronger he realized just how weak he had previously been.

Unknowingly he had been seeking health through a peripheral wisdom, of sorts, which, of course, is not wisdom at all because, in reality it led to progressive weakness. It took a friend who was an essentialist to steer him away from his gluteal amnesia, get him off his butt, and invest in real strength. He is now stronger, wiser, and grateful to his friend.

I suppose there is a lesson in here somewhere. And, oh yeah, we've been sitting long enough —get up and do something to build core strength!

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($125,153 to go):
$150,000.00 $24,847.05
83% 17%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

The Church Moves On, Slowly 16 hours ago
Is Cardinal Kasper losing his grip? 20 hours ago
The Pope is not the problem October 23
Do not confuse sacramental discipline and Catholic doctrine. October 23
Ignatius Press into the Breach: Trumping the Kasper Proposal October 22

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6