Wednesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time
Colossians 1:1-8, Psalm 52:10-11, & Luke 4:38-44
Here we are at the beginning of September. Summer is nearing an end, and our children are preparing to return (hopefully) to school. Yet, we remain as busy as ever.
Like so many of us, Jesus is in constant demand from the faithful who desperately require His help or want to talk with Him. They won't give Him a minute's rest. By the end of the day, He is tired, and a bit harassed. After all, He is human as well as divine.
Unlike many of us who keep "running on empty," Jesus takes care of Himself. From Luke's Gospel narrative, we learned that He withdraws to a lonely place to pray and refresh His spirit. He sends a strong message that even the busiest people must find time for prayer and solitude.
Following the powerful example of our Lord can be challenging. Very few of us can take off for a weekend retreat. For many of us, just finding a few minutes of quiet during our day is difficult. What then is the solution? How do we change? Have you thought about the Catholic Cardinal Virtue of Fortitude?
The Cardinal Virtue of Fortitude is the moral virtue that ensures firmness in difficulties and "constancy" in pursuing the good. Sounds great, right?
Establishing a prayer life that is "consistent" and meaningful is the key. From participation at weekday Mass, organized prayer groups, family prayer, daily Holy Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy, or a simple walk in a park, it is vital to commune with God in your way. Another way is to go on retreat with other men or women who feel what you feel and believe what you believe. As a Man of Malvern, I suggest that you look over the opportunities at the Malvern Retreat House in Malvern, PA.
The Lord Jesus wants us to meet with His Father. After all, He took time for it!
Question of the Day: How will you change your lifestyle to include a time of prayer and reflection during your day?
Prayer: Lord, give me the strength and "fortitude" to pray to you with consistency and with a sincere heart. Amen.