Katrina Fernandez dished out some piping hot advice today when asked by an overworked mother how she could find time for a retreat:
But for immediate results that you can put into practice right now, right this very minute while reading this, I recommend letting your work and your life be the prayer. If you have no time for 30 minutes of contemplation then spend thirty seconds silently saying a Hail Mary while you fold laundry, sit in traffic, or fix dinner. The Jesus Prayer is my favorite prayer for getting through the day. It can be said in 5 seconds flat and is meant to be a running prayer in our mind, like breathing. Another thing I relied heavily on to get me through those spiritually starved spells was adoration. If you have a chapel near your with perpetual adoration it will save your life.
When the DC staff first read this advice we were a little disappointed. It almost seemed too easy an answer to pray quickly wherever you are, but then we started thinking of all the time we’ve spent in traffic, uttering unpleasantries instead of praise to the Lord, or the time spent waiting patiently for our children’s activities to end so we can drive them home. All of this time could have been spent contemplating the vastness of spirituality, but has instead been spent on phone apps and Facebook.
Perhaps this advice is not as easy as we originally thought. What do you think?
[Editor’s Note: Read More – 5 Steps to a do-it-yourself retreat]