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Making time for God January 19, 2011

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery.

It’s a common refrain – you take time for the things you care about.  Many Christians today, and Catholic in particular, tend to put God in a box that they take out on Sunday morning, and then put away when their weekly obligation is satisfied.  And that’s the relatively ‘good’ crowd – a huge swath of Catholics can’t even be bothered to make their weekly obligation (which comes straight from the Ten Commandments) anymore.  But for those who are trying to do a bit more, to live a more serious faith, the issue of time can become a big one as one tries to grow.  We all have many obligations – spouse, kids, work, chores, community obligations, etc., that can cut the time we have, or think we have, for God, down to a minimum.  It’s something I fight all the time – I’d like to spend time with the Blessed Sacrament, even reposed in the Tabernacle, far more than I do.  In fact, I’m growing more and  more to where what I’d like to do is to just spend all the time I can in prayer and contemplation, trying to draw closer to Him who is my all – or should be.  When we were on pilgimage in Hanceville, that’s what I enjoyed most;  just an intense period of focusing as much time and contemplation on God and His Church and the beauty of His Truth. 

Michael Voris has some thoughts on that today, and how said it is that most Catholics don’t even spend an hour a week with the Lord.  Do they not know that the Mass is the greatest miracle in the history of the world, where Heaven literally opens a bit and comes down and we receive the literal Body and Blood of our Lord?  Repetition and familiarity, I guess, breed complacency, but it shouldn’t be.  I pray that more priests, and we laity, will exhort our neighbors to spend more time in humble prayer and contemplation of what so many Saints called “My God and my all!” 

Can one spend too much time on serving God directly in prayer, or Adoration, or reading, or just meditation?  I suppose, for those of us with marital or other worldly vocations, but I find myself with desires to retreat like St. Catherine of Siena into a cell, or St. Anthony into the desert. 

That’s why I’m so attracted to this idea of a little inner cell to retreat to throughout the day, where God resides inside us and we can commune with him at anytime.  I thank Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity for that insight.

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