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January 2013

Posted January 01, 2013 in Press Releases

Dear Friends:

Many years ago a wise, legendary Jesuit, who happened to be my spiritual director, chafed at my admission that I lacked the time for contemplation.

“And my dear sister,” he seriously but quietly said as his stern blue eyes peered over the rim of his spectacles, “just how will you recognize that gallant Lover of yours who keeps chasing after you begging for time?”

It is so true for all of us, isn’t it? We hang everything on time or the lack thereof. Can’t visit a sick person this week or finish reading that book, or attend a family member’s performance in a musical, all because we have no time. And, of course, we can’t find time to pray more than the one hour at Mass each week.

Think of a period of time—say a day or a week—as a huge pie. Take all of your activities and allocate a piece of that pie for each. In this given period of time, what is the percent of the day or week you give to work, play, family activities, television, social media, and prayer? Yes, prayer. Make each category a piece of your pie. Which is the thinnest slice? The thickest?

During this Year of Faith, take a chance and attend adult education classes in your parish, and nurture what you learn by coming to the JRH for quiet retreat time. Or come to our presentations on prayer and scripture. Make a retreat. You will become more wholistic as person and as a believer in Christ.

Please make an effort to attend our programs, especially as Lent draws near in the days ahead. Otherwise, “just how will you recognize that gallant Lover who keeps chasing after you begging for your time?”

Sr. Mary Ann Flannery, S.C., Executive Director


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