Wednesday, November 10, 2010

crescat calculations...

... there are twenty four hours in day. Eight of those are spent sleeping, if I'm lucky. Another eight is spent at a soul sucking office job. Add to that a two hour commute round-trip, two hours to get myself and The Boy dressed and ready for work/school and one hour in the evening for preparing/cooking and eating dinner ... mathematically speaking, I should have three hours left over a day. Three!

Yet I still can't find time for regular prayer and exercise.

Shameful.

16 comments:

Owen said...

blogging - I'm threatening myself with cold turkey but, wow, I'm weak

Tim said...

Sounds like you have a case of Time Leech. It sneaks up on you during the day and leeches small bits of time out of your day in very creative ways including slower than usual traffic, a phone call just at quitting time, covering your windshield in frost, etc. And before you know it you have run out of time.

ACEGC said...

Pray the Divine Office. When I worked in factories on temp job assignments in the summers, I would take my breviary with me and just pray midday prayer on my lunch break. I'd do Lauds before I left for work (or shortly after I got there if I didn't have time for some reason) and then Vespers when I got home. It only takes a few minutes and it's a good way to sanctify your whole day.

Elisabeth said...

I've got an alarm set on my phone for noon every day so I can remember to say the Angelus. It takes five minutes, and it resets my whole day.

Screw exercise.

Christopher Humphries said...

You can call me, I'll pray with you :)

Kathleen said...

I like ACEGC's suggestions of taking the breviary with you and praying the Divine Office.

I've done similar with other prayers. I always have a prayer book, devotional book, or even reprints of Encyclical Letters (currently it's Spe Salvi) with me to read or pray at free moments during the day or week. I use my commute time for prayer also, usually a rosary. It's not ideal, but I find it does work. It actually feels unnatural to NOT be praying when I'm driving.

There are some people who know when I'm on the way to and from work and will use that time to call me though. It used to bother me, because it would interupt my rosary. But actually, I've discovered that the contemplation and prayers at that time are
conducive to much more meaningful and fruitful conversations with people. So I do take the calls, usually. I figure if the Holy Spirit is with me while praying, He'll also be with me while I'm not. And I have various prayers, or prayers cards at stragesic places to remind me: A St Joseph card in the car, magnets with scripture verses on the fridge, Sacred Heart image and prayer on the book shelf, a Bible and crucifex in nearly every room. I guess I'm a Catholic nerd, but I love it!

Exercise is another story, and goes in cycles. But I do manage to squeeze that in too! But honestly, I get no where near 8 hrs of sleep a night.

Lydia McGrew said...

Praying during the commute? I don't know if this is practical for you, though.

Faith said...

Lydia has the idea. If you commute by bus or train, you can pray the Rosary, or LOH, or Lectio Divina. If you drive yourself, use CD's. What do you do for lunch? How about walk? How about a Rosary while you walk?
When you and the Boy are saying and kissing Good Night, you can pray together. diair

gretchen said...

When I lived in Raleigh and had a long commute, I used to pray the Rosary as I drove. (It's not dangerous as long as you don't need a book to remember the mysteries!) I would get to and from work in a much calmer mood and the grace from the prayer carried me through the day.

Nancy said...

I like all of the above suggestions. One thing that may help is to take just a moment when you wake up every morning and offer your day to Jesus. All of your work, play, and prayer can be offered up. This helps to keep Jesus on our minds during the day. There is sanctifying grace in all that we do.

I also listen to the rosary or the divine chplet on my iPod at night when I go to bed. I read somewhere that if you fall asleep before you complete the rosary, your guardian angel will finish it for you! Not a bad deal.

Smiley said...

how mcuh time spent facebooking, googling,blogging, and other things ending in ing which you have forgotten example bathing, etc etc

Rick said...

Same here: 8 work, 2 commute. We made time by cutting out TV and online games.

3puddytats said...

Exercise--there are lots of neat ways to incorporate exercise at work..I work a desk job. Park in the far row and walk in. Ankle weights are a bonus :) Take the stairs as often as you can. When taking a bathroom break find the one farthest away. Walk and do stairs during lunch break. If you work in a cube get one of those little gizmos with pedals on them that homebound folks use and pedal away..do stretches and calestenics in your chair. If I am doing heavy computer work I have to take a short break every 15 minutes or so just stand up, stretch, divert the mind and eyes...helps computer eye strain and fatigue. There are lots of neat ideas on the Web.

Say No to the donuts and other goodies that folks bring in :)

Sara

Lee Gilbert said...

Kat,

If you have a two hour commute, you have two hours of prayer time. As a driver, I used to try to say the Rosary but it was impossible, for one thing because it requires too much concentration. HOWEVER, it is easily possible to simply invoke the name of Jesus again and again. (See the TAN pamphet on The Holy Name of Jesus) It requires little thought, but nevertheless your will can be focussed on God-which is the sine qua non of prayer. Besides that, it is the pithiest possible prayer and a virtual Eucharist: "His name is the only one that contains the presence it signifies" (CCC #2666). When you get out of the car at work or home, you will feel that you have prayed.

There are variations on this such as invoking the names of Jesus, Mary and Joseph again and again; "Holy Family, pray for us," and all such short, pithy prayers. Saying a variety of these will give variety to your prayer.

All very compatible with driving.

As for time, the earliest part of the day is the time you have most control over. Get up 45 minutes earlier (after having gone to bed a little earlier)and go for a brisk walk This is usually compatible with saying the Rosary. OR, memorize the Litany of Saints and say that while you are walking. This is more compatible with fast walking than is the rosary, for some reason. The Litany of Saints is so great, because there is so much you can do with it by way of personalizing it, for instance, including your favorite saints, and possibly even a mini novena to them within the LOS; including the saints you have known personally, etc. It can be a great framework for the personal petitions you want to lodge with the Lord every day, prayers for your dead, prayers of gratitude for being alive, for all the many, many graces the Lord has poured down on you, etc..

Here I mean the Litany of the Saints with its prayers, that used to be associated wih the Seven Penitential pslams. It's a gold mine of pithy, beautiful prayers that wonderfully reflects the piety of the Church, with prayers for the Pope, for the faithful departed, for the Church, etc.

Voila! Two hours and 45 minutes of prayer, plus 45 minutes of exercise. Easy as pie :)

Deacon Jerry said...

Stop it - Your life is your prayer. I check your site most days to help keep me in check. Keep doing what you are doing. You lift a lot of us up lady!

The Crescat said...

Thank you for the kind words, Deacon Jerry.