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DAILY DEVOTIONS:

Jan
13

'Distractions and Peace'

St. Hilary

Do not forget the works of the Lord!

- Psalm 78:7 (Responsorial)

At the end of a long day, I make time to pray. And, I even attempt it in what I know is the proper frame of mind: remembering the Lord's works with praise and gratitude before I tackle my own litany of concerns.

But perhaps you know how it goes: distractions, nudging, barging in, grabbing attention.

Nine hundred years ago, St. Bernard of Clairvaux advised Pope Eugene III on how to maintain his spiritual focus in office: "I desire indeed that you should have peace from distractions, but I do not want you to make peace with them..."

Sometimes it turns out that distractions are actually there for a reason, as areas of life that really do need to be brought to God. But sometimes they are just...distractions. St. Bernard's advice reminds me to never settle, to never assume I know the difference, to keep discerning, sifting with a heart ready for real peace.

Lord, I praise and thank you!

- Amy Welborn
 
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I always find so much of myself in the words of the LF family. Jesus, bless your faithful followers as well as those who do not yet know or love you.
Eva | Posted on: 2017-01-13 10:42:13
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Agree Eva. I am so grateful for our Living Faith Family, appreciate everyone's prayers. I pray for all of us, & for all of our intentions. Our prayers are helping my friend Justine. Group prayers are so effective.
annie | Posted on:: 2017-01-13 17:49:40
 
I find my biggest distractions are my to-do-list and what ifs :-( I would be praying wherever and whenever, and I find myself listing out what I have to do next or for the rest of the day. Don't forget this or that, Salina! What if she didn't like what you have to say? What if she takes it the wrong way? What if she doesn't like it at all? What if she takes offense to it?

Where is peace in all that? The peace that I am alive :-) When I catch myself in such a state, I would immediately turn to my Prince of Peace, "I'm so sorry, Jesus! I forgot You are here :-( Forgive me for ignoring You and not trusting You in all my daily things! So what do You think? Your servant is listening :-) finally!"

Reading the daily Scripture in LF, listening to what the Holy Spirit has to remind me and writing down what I learn and my conversations with Jesus really help me focus on Him the rest of the day!

I also schedule time for distractions sometime during the the day or evening when I watch TV, so I can let distractions (TV) to distract my other distractions :-0

The Responsorial Psalm today shows me how to distract distractions when I "count my blessings!"

"Do not forget the works of the Lord!
What we have heard and know,
and what our fathers have declared to us,
we will declare to the generation to come
The glorious deeds of the LORD and His strength.
That they too may rise and declare to their sons
that they should put their hope in God,
And not forget the deeds of God
but keep His commands."

Amen! I will be way too busy hearing from the Holy Spirit, knowing Jesus Himself and declaring the Gospel to others that I won't have time to be distracted!
Salina | Posted on: 2017-01-13 10:21:33
 
Amen! :)
freeter | Posted on: 2017-01-13 08:10:11
 
Distractions, like many things, can be good or bad. Sometimes we distract those in pain to make them feel better.

Other times, a distraction can jolt us to a new and fresh look on a stagnant view.

But then there are the distractions that keep us away from Christ which is the work of the devil.

In Psalm 78, we are reminded to keep the Lord's work in our minds and hearts and to pass it along to following generations.

Thank You, Lord, for helping me stay focused on You!
Linda | Posted on: 2017-01-13 07:57:30
 
Amy, I love your article. Thank you for the thoughts.
Lp | Posted on: 2017-01-13 07:29:30
 
Thanks Amy for the devotion and advice given to Pope Eugene III St. Bernard of Clairvaux. When I talk to friends who pray their Rosary faithfully they often complain about the distractions they having during prayer. I am right there with them and have come to realize those "distractions" those "thoughts" of family members and friends while I am praying are there for a reason. What better time then when praying the Rosary to our Mother that She would intercede for us those needs. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Mark | Posted on: 2017-01-13 06:51:22
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Thanks Mark...Yes, let's take the positive distractions we encounter to lift up in prayer those who come to mind during our prayer sessions. Also, in battling those negative distractions, we can use it as an opportunity to grow in prayer...to persist in prayer!
Jack | Posted on:: 2017-01-13 08:31:53
 
Wonderful! Thank you Lord for this beautiful morning and for this Gospel today. Thank you Lord for my faith, my life and for my family. Thank you Holy Father most of all for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of forgiveness and reconciliation. Please Lord have mercy. Amen
A Sinner | Posted on: 2017-01-13 06:51:21
 
AMEN!
Lord thank You for Your peace amidst distractions.
JS | Posted on: 2017-01-13 05:00:20
 
 
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