The following comes from an October 5 Angelus article by Archbishop José H. Gomez:
We live in a culture that seems to encourage us to be distracted and always busy with constant activity.
All of us, I think, know the feeling of getting caught up and consumed by our activities — even the good things we are doing to help other people and serve the Gospel.
The temptation is to use our work as an excuse — to say we don’t have enough time to pray, there is just too much to do. The danger is that we come to see time spent with God as time wasted, time that is boring or not productive.
What we need is wholeness and integrity in our lives, a balance of work and prayer and rest and recreation. We do not need to reject technology or retreat from our responsibilities. But we do need to make sure that we are keeping things in their proper perspective.
No matter how tireless or generous we might be in our service to others, no matter how much we are accomplishing for the Church in our ministries — if our lives are not grounded in prayer, then we are not living the way God calls us to live.
Pope Francis cautions us against thinking that our Christian mission can be reduced to activities, structures or programs. He calls “pastoral activism” an “ever-present danger.”
October is a good time to reflect on this because this is the month the Church dedicates to the holy rosary. The rosary is a perfect prayer for a time of distraction.
The rosary opens our hearts to God’s plan, his loving will for our lives. This prayer teaches us to listen and to watch — as the Virgin Mary did — for the signs of God’s purposes and work in our daily lives. This prayer teaches us to trust God and seek to do his will in our lives — again, as Mary did.
The more we reflect on the life of Jesus, the more we realize that everything he did came from a deep place of prayer, from his loving dialogue with the Father. Big decisions, important gestures — all were made after periods of intense and deliberate prayer.
And of course, Jesus is our model. Even with all the duties and pressures we face, we need to make time for our relationship with God — every day.