Seeking and Not Standing Still

As my father aged, we tried our best to keep him active physically, spiritually and mentally, but the truth is, as he entered his tenth decade, he spent more and more time sleeping. His computer sat on a table at the end of his bed and he used it less and less. It was during those years that Mrs. tVM and I discovered Roku, and we attached a screen to his wall, so he could watch the news and classic movies. One day, I discovered the “Pray As You Go” website.

Pray As You Go

Pray As You Go is produced by Jesuit Media Initiatives, with material written by many Jesuits, primarily in Britain but further afield as well, and other experts in the spirituality of St Ignatius of Loyola. I included the daily offering in my personal spiritual regimen and listened to it in the dark, early morning hours as I sat waiting for the sun to rise at the Redemptorist Renewal Center in Picture Rocks, Arizona.

I returned from the desert every morning around 8AM, and my first order of business was to feed my father. One morning, it occurred to me that he would find value in Pray As You Go, and I began playing it for him. For the final year of his life, my father listened to the daily offering EVERY morning as we prepared his breakfast.

Spending Time Productively

Recently, I have withdrawn from social media after concluding that it was stealing time that I could use more effectively in other areas of my life. Frankly, I spent 10 to 15 minutes early every morning on Facebook and Twitter, and another 60 minutes – probably more – throughout the day, a constant distraction. Today, I’ve replaced my early morning time on social media with the daily offering from Pray As You Go. The difference in my attitude toward life is astounding.

I am so convinced that Pray as You Go can help you begin your day in a positive and fresh way, that I’ve included today’s offering in this post. It is not on ‘auto play.’ The choice is yours to listen or not to listen. Today’s moderator asks us some probing questions…

“I resolved to live according to wisdom”, our writer declares confidently. That is, according to what he or she has come to know, through their own experience, of God’s plan for the world. Could you say the same? Would you want to?

This wisdom, though, doesn’t come easily. It must be sought out, and it sounds as if that has taken years, if not decades. “My soul grappled with wisdom”, we are told. Can you think of an experience or two in your own life that has helped you grow in wisdom?

Hit ‘play,’ close your eyes and listen closely. You will be glad you did.

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2 Responses to Seeking and Not Standing Still

  1. Randy Leavitt says:

    I enjoyed listening and meditating on this devotional. I like how there is music interspaced between the readings. One thing I have done in regards to wisdom is memorize Proverbs 8:10,11 in Spanish. I try and pray and meditate on these verses before making any major decisions. By the way, are you familiar with ACTS retreats? The international offices are in San Antonio. It began here in 1987. One million people have attended ACTS retreats internationally including men, women, and teens. If there is anything to emphasize, it is the Word of God, which is eternal. Heaven and earth will pass away.

    • tVM says:

      Coincidentally, I am attending the Franciscan retreat “Pacem in Terris” next week. It’s about 75 miles north of here in Minnesota. No electricity and no plumbing. I am looking forward to a true, Franciscan experience.

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