Obstacles in Prayer: “I am distracted”

Obstacles in Prayer: “I am distracted”

Men and women alike struggle with distractions in prayer. “I wonder if they responded to my email.”  “What time is it? Is it time to get back to work?”  “Should I make spaghetti for dinner or get take-out somewhere?”  “If I get a B on the next exam is that enough to get a B in the class?”  Let’s admit it, distractions are a part of our human nature. While listening to a homily, engaging in an online class, praying the rosary, or reading this blog, you might catch yourself getting distracted dozens of times. Oftentimes you might not even notice that your mind has wandered off. To add to this, we live in a fast paced, technological world where we are constantly being bombarded by distractions that are vying for our next click. Can we find peace in the midst of so...

But is it really true that I don’t have time?

But is it really true that I don’t have time?

Ah! If only supermarkets stocked time at a good price, or even on sale! Time should be considered a basic necessity, available to all of humanity, right next to the bread and Cheetos. Yet it never seems to be enough; we don’t have time to meet up with people, to do fun things, to finish our tasks, to go to the pharmacy or even to the doctor, to clean the house, to work out … let alone to pray. When we’re invited to cultivate a daily prayer life, how often does the assumption seem to be: I’d like to but I can’t? Or Sister, maybe you have time because it’s your job, but I really don’t have time. In this journey that we are making in search of friendship with God through prayer, I would like to begin by reflecting on the theme of...