I am not sure how many of you feel, but I had a very difficult time this past spring when life as we knew it changed. I thought it would only be for a couple weeks, but as the time kept extending and we all realized this would not end in just a few weeks I started to get anxious and a little down in the dumps. I was having a hard time praying – even though I had more actual time to pray. I missed my routine and time with Jesus in the Chapel of the Cathedral. I couldn’t seem to find a space or time to pray that worked for me at home. I spent too much time watching the news.
As the weather turned warmer and less rainy and the sun came out earlier, I started extending my morning walks and using that time to pray. This time has become quite precious to me and I thank God that He has given us such a beautiful summer to enjoy even amid our troubles.
As the days grow shorter and the weather cooler my prayer is that we are able to use these days to connect with Jesus in new ways. I pray that we don’t get discouraged by the drama of this world. That we can to keep our eyes focused on the Good that God has for us. That we all can keep this short time on earth in perspective and do the best we can to be a light in the world for everyone we meet.
As Saint Paul said in his letter to the Ephesians:
I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.
May God bless you!