"We lose your souls not only because we do evil things, but because we neglect to do good: the buried talent, the unmarked second mile, the passing by the wounded. How often in the Gospel condemnation follows because we do nothing."
- Venerable Fulton Sheen
I have been tired lately. Not because of physical labor, just tired. I am anxious for life to move forward, but aware that I must not wish away a single moment. I somedays feel like I am swimming against the tide along an unending shoreline. The devil knows I am tired and he is attempting to use that against me. When I think about not going to Mass during the week, he encourages me to hit the snooze button or to think what difference does it make? When I think about breaking promises or lazily reciting my prayers he is working on me.
I NEED Mass and my prayers. They keep me grounded and start my day off with thanksgiving and a sense that I can handle anything that comes up during the day.
The devil loves Facebook. He can use it to anger me, but more importantly it is a time waster. What did my Grandma say? "Idle hands are the devils workshop." She was and is right. Flicking through the countless posts and videos of cats and political rants I find that hours can slip away and at the end of the day what do I have to show for it? Not much.
I am aware that I have become a virtual hoarder on Pinterest. Instead of pinning and dreaming and wishing I need to just get out there and do something!
So I am. The devil can taunt me with glossy pages of ideas and blood boiling posts and hours of wasted time, but I am going to get up and do something.
I believe that I will start with Mass. Not because it is Sunday, not because it is a Holy Day of Obligation...because I NEED it.
I know that you love me and protect me,
Help me today to be aware of my wasteful moments.
Help me to fill my days with things pleasing to you.