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Find Quiet Time for Jesus This Lent

Quiet Time for JesusIn the hustle-bustle of our everyday lives, many find it difficult to find some quiet time for Jesus. We get caught up in our chores, events, family needs, etc. When we lay our heads down at night, we are exhausted. It’s at times like these, that finding quiet time for Jesus is a must. Why? Because, we cannot succeed at anything without Jesus. Saint Francis de Sales is famously known for having quipped:

Half an hour’s meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed,

So, if you want to get all the chores done, attend that basketball game for your eighth grader, and visit an elderly parent in a nursing home, then you need to find some quiet time to pray. Otherwise, it becomes difficult to make that all happen. When our focus is on Jesus, everything else falls into place.

Find Quiet Time for Jesus

Here are a few suggestions for how you can carve out quiet time for Jesus, to get life in order and accomplish all that is necessary:

  1. Get up 30 minutes earlier each morning (consider that your Lenten sacrifice) and read from Scripture. Ask Jesus what He might want you to learn from the selected reading and then employ that teaching throughout your day.
  2. Carve out 30 minutes each day and sit in silence with Jesus. Take note that He never leaves your side, 24/7/365. So, by spending that 30 minutes recognizing that you are in His presence, regardless of where you are located, is a powerful experience.
  3. Make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament. Sit in silence and awe of Jesus. Let all your troubles wash away for an hour. When you leave, you will feel refreshed and ready to tackle everything ahead of you.

Saint Francis de Sales has a point. When we are busy, we need to stop and take note of what is driving us to fulfill all the tasks on our “to do” lists. Are they all important? More important than Jesus? Odds are the answer is – NO! Therefore, when we find quiet time for Jesus, we become more like Lazarus’s sister, Mary, for we will have chosen the better part (Luke 10:42).

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