One Hour … Tuesday, May 21

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An hour before God, either in Church or, if we can’t be there, where we are, is of more worth than days or even years of physical activity.

A Rosary Meditation … The First Sorrowful Mystery, the Agony in the Garden. “Then He came to His disciples and found them sleeping. And he said, ‘Could you not, then, watch one hour with me?’ ” Matthew 26:40. I told my priest this weekend, “If you see me nodding in Mass, it doesn’t always mean I agree with you.” We all do it, we’re human. Jesus understood this. “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41. So, does this mean we stop trying? Of course not. But it does mean that we need to understand ourselves, our tendencies and our limitations. These things aren’t meant to be used as excuses. “I’m only human” is true, but it ought not be used as an escape mechanism. There is merit in trying just as there is merit in achieving. There is no merit in making an excuse or in giving up. Holy Hours can be wonderful things. Simply to spend an hour in front of the Tabernacle (awake) is an act of love if our heart is right. Is our heart right? A simple way to know the answer to this question is to honestly answer another: What are my motives? And a Holy Hour needn’t be spent in Church. We can’t always do that and God knows this. We are, after all, only human. But it can be spent with our Bible in our laps and with the television off. The computer can be off too. And if we fall asleep, what then? Simple. We keep trying.

Today …

St. Zeno

St. Zeno

Zeno was born in Africa. He received an excellent classical education and in 362, was named bishop of Verona, Italy. He was active in missionary work, converted many, and fought Arianism. He built a basilica at Verona, founded a convent that he directed, encouraged charities in his people, and wrote widely on ecclesiastical subjects, particularly the virgin birth of Christ, in which are revealed many of the customs and practices of the times. He died in 371. To get all of this done took time, lots of time. Do you think he would’ve gotten ANY of it done if he hadn’t prayed? Before we take time for anything else we should take time for prayer. Without prayer, and lots of it, nothing ever gets accomplished. Putting time and energy into projects, even very good projects, is a waste of time if we don’t pray. If the project is so time consuming that it leaves no time for prayer? Well, we probably ought to pray about that.

Prayer …   “A Holy Hour of adoration testifies to the fact that the Jesus who died on the cross, is present in the Eucharist, and reigns in Heaven, are identical.” (Venerable Pope Pius XII)