As a parent with young children, a long work commute and duties on the domestic front, I find that time is a precious commodity.
I spend my days mentally checking off items from a never-ending to-do list — when do I need to take the kids to swim lessons? Faith formation? Field trips? When do we have doctor’s appointments? Social engagements? What’s for dinner? What errands do I need to run before going home? What needs to be picked up and cleaned up when I get there? Oh, look, it’s the kids’ bedtime already! After they’re in bed, will I get some downtime before I hit the hay?
Then, as they say, it’s wash, rinse, repeat.
It’s hard to catch my breath sometimes! But that’s exactly what I plan to do this Lent, with a little help from my parish.
I’m excited about our online Lenten retreat. How convenient is that? I can read the day’s Scriptures and reflections from our pastoral associate and participate in an online discussion at any time from the comfort of my home.
If I take a slightly different route on my way home from work, I’ll drive right past my parish, which is open for "quiet time" on Lenten weekdays from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. What a nice change from my normal prayer spot behind the wheel! I’ll even have time to go home and pick up my family so they can join me. It will be great for my boys, who are learning about prayer in faith formation.
I love that my parish is finding new ways to reach out to busy people like me who say they just don’t have time. In reality, we need to make time rather than find it. And this Lent, that’s what I plan to do.