Changing things … Tuesday, June 25

Christ in Gethsemane (Christus in Gethsemane),...

Christ in Gethsemane. What do WE do in the garden? Putter around at worldly things or talk with God about His world and ours?

A Rosary Meditation … The First Sorrowful Mystery, the Agony in the Garden. “Watch and pray, that you may not enter into temptation.” Matthew 26:41. Jesus was tempted just like we are. His answer to temptation? Prayer. Remember that He was and is human as well as Divine. If He needed to pray how much more do we? How much time do we spend fussing about politics or the neighbors (is that fussing or gossip?), and how much time do we spend talking sports or movies? It’s OK to talk about “stuff”, certainly, but how much time do we spend on the “stuff” that could and should be spent in prayer? If our lives are so busy that we don’t have time to talk to God what needs changing? Our lives or God? The world prattles on and on about the latest fad diet and what the starlet wore at the opening. The tube is filled with programs like “Hollywood Insider”. And it’s overflowing with “reality” shows as well. The question for us should be, “Am I more interested in what’s inside Hollywood or what’s inside me? What sort of reality am I overflowing with?” And whatever our answer is our response needs to be talking with God about it. Prayer.

Today …



St. William of Vercelli

St. William of Vercelli, 1085-1142. Born in Vercelli Italy he was brought up as an orphan and became a hermit on Monte Vergine, Italy, after a pilgrimage to Compostella. He attracted so many followers that a monastery was built. By 1119 his followers were united in the Benedictine congregation, as the Hermits of Monte Vergine (Williamites), which he headed. The austerity of his rule led to dissension among his monks and to restore peace he left. He was taken under the protection of Roger I of Naples who built a monastery for him in Salerno. He founded monasteries throughout Naples, and died at the Guglielmo monastery near Nusco, Italy. He is also called William of Monte Vergine. How much prayer do you think it took him to get through all that?

Think … Prayer changes things, this is true. It also changes YOU.



  1. This post was so good! Sometimes we have to “make” the time to talk to God. I realized that about a year ago, did it, and have never been sorry. So many things can seem so, “more important.” Even “Hollywood Insider???” We always have time for such as that don’t we? God Bless, SR

    • Years ago I sold my TV (now I have three). It was amazing how much time I had for prayer and study after that. Maybe the one prayer we all need to concentrate most on is the ability to set right priorities. 🙂

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