Sisters & Brothers,
I had a fairly trying week. Between work being busy (not a bad thing), starting to plan out my team reviews for this year and their goals for next year, some spirituality struggles and doing online courses my head is just kind of in go-go-go mode. One can only stay in this mode for so long before they begin to feel stretched thin.
Today was that day.
We have half day Fridays where I work so I knew I only had to grind through a few hours and then I'd be free so I thought how hard could today be? I had that answer right away. I struggled through morning prayer, but got through it. My mind was elsewhere and I couldn't shake it. Work was busy and full of stressors. I got through the day and then headed straight to church where I had signed up for an hour of adoration (a period of silent prayer and meditation in front of the Blessed Sacrament).
Turns out adoration was exactly what I needed. An hour with Christ. A wonderful conversation and time for prayer and I walked out of church relieved of my stress and feeling at peace all over again. If this is what grace feels like I don't want it to ever go away.
Going to adoration weekly has been a big step for me in my faith formation and one that I look back on and wish I had started doing earlier. I can't dwell on the should have's though. I'm here now and that's what really matters.
I feel very strongly that even if you're still at the early stages of strengthening your faith and spirituality spending at least an hour a week with Christ will do wonders for you. Both within your spiritual life and outside it.
So my friends, remember that when you start to feel stretched thin you should find whatever it is that allows you to hit that reset button and return to that graceful state that we all cherish (whether we realize it or not). Making time for you is one of the most important things you can (and should) be doing.