November 28, 2009

"Me" Time: Musing on Matthew 6:6

I was rushing around this afternoon. When I got home I pondered starting dinner for me and my Dad. Then, I realized I could really use some "me" time. Increasingly, "me" time means prayer time. Time with Him. One on one. Of course, all time is His but I need that time that is dedicated to a visit with Him. It may not always be a organized visit to Mass or to an Adoration Chapel, but it is time, like that, set aside for prayer. It may not be planned. It's not always the same time every day; at least not for me though I know some who do, regularly, follow the Liturgy of the Hours.

I decided to sit down in one of my rocking chairs and pray the Rosary. To Jesus thru Mary! I read some Scripture and recited some other prayers off some prayer cards I have.

Dinner prep can wait. Running around can wait.

In this busy time of the year, when everyone gets so crazy, frantic and cranky, take some "me" time. Sit down in a bench at the Mall, whip out that Rosary, and pray! Or, just pray without the Rosary. Take a prayer guide with you. I subscribe to Magnificat which is small enough to fit in my purse. A Confessor recommended Magnificat as an aide to help me with daily prayer. I was struggling to remember to pray at times other then when I needed something. I was struggling with remembering to do daily prayer. Magnificat helped me a lot.

Much spiritual wisdom and direction can be gained in the Confessional! I highly recommend, if you've not been for a while, you visit a Confessional during Advent. I recommend regular Confession as a spiritual practice anyway but I know that many need to even get started on the practice before it can become regular.

A fallen away Catholic friend of mine will often stop in to an open Church and sit in silence. She does not actively pray but I hope that even God's peace can come into her heart. I'm happy she's even IN a church. Maybe more will follow.

While you are out shopping this season if you see an open Catholic church, stop in and pray! If you know of a Church that has Perpetual Adoration, swing by! Sit in your car after you've visited store #10 on that day and make the folks who want your parking stall wait as you spend a few moments in prayer!

Do what you can.

Daily prayer has calmed me down-a lot! I could even dare to say it has matured me. I don't get quite as cranky and immediately irritated as I used to. People that have known me for a number of years have noted that I seem calmer. My calm was noticable during my days of unemployment. Many remarked how they were amazed that I was not "freaking out" and lashing out. I'm not known for patience, prayer has helped me a lot in that regard as well. I still struggle with charity. I know I have a long way to go but prayer makes it better. Prayer makes ME better. It, definitely, makes me WANT to be better.

Give it to Him. Pray to Him. You will not be sorry.


Blogger X said...

This is the perfect Advent reflection! Thank you!

November 28, 2009 4:55 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Angel Baby: You just inadvertently reminded me that I need an Advent plan! I should go find something on my Saint (Pius V) for '10!

November 28, 2009 8:31 PM  

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