Thought for the Day – 10 November – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)
Prayer, Work and Leisure
“The pattern of our lives should be a combination of prayer, work and leisure.
There should be no room, however, fpr idleness.
Prayer: Prayer is most essential.
The life of a Catholic should be a continual prayer.
As Jesus commanded, we “must always pray and not lose heart” (Lk 18:1).
How can we achieve this?
St Paul has told us, “Whatever you do in word or in work,” he says, “do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father, through him” (Col 3:17).
If we follow his instructions, our lives will really be a prayer.
Before we begin our day’s work, we shall turn to God and offer Him our labours and our difficulties.
During our work, we shall raise our minds to God, from time to time, as Jesus, Mary and Joseph must have done, in the home and in the workshop at Nazareth.
Whenever we speak, we should remember that we are in the Presence of God.
Then our conversation and our behaviour will be free from defect and will edify those who are with us.
The grace of God can illumine the most ordinary conversations and actions, which are in themselves, quite indifferent.
It is enough to live in a spiritual atmosphere of our own and on this earth.
If we can aspire to such a spiritual height, then our work will become a prayer pleasing to God, whether it is mental or manual, we shall be no longer working alone but Jesus Christ will be working with us, by His grace.
This is the way the Saints worked and this is how their lives were a prayer.”