Balancing Family/Faith/Work

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Balancing Family/Faith/Work
Thu, 10-22-2009 - 12:35pm

This piece from Maria Shriver's "A Woman's Nation" is about women and faith - and whether women are finding less time for religion with busy lives or if they find it a necessity because their lives are so busy.

Here is the video:

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Registered: 08-26-2000
Fri, 10-23-2009 - 6:58am

I have had to make faith and spiritual endeavors a priority, because it is so easy to push it to the side and give God the "leftovers".


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Registered: 10-23-2001
Sat, 10-24-2009 - 7:53am

The video is empowering.



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Registered: 10-23-2001
Sat, 10-24-2009 - 8:06am

I so miss Adoration.



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Sun, 10-25-2009 - 2:29pm

Sunday mass is never a problem - there are 5 masses we can go to, and even one in a neighboring church on Sunday evening if we somehow managed to not get to mass Sunday morning. I've always kept Sunday morning for church. We even do CCD on Sunday mornings because we're already there, so why not?

Finding time for real communicating with God is another thing, though. Yes, we can offer our care of others as our prayer, but I don't feel like that's enough, especially as it's pretty easy to not be prayerful as I'm dealing with everything else at home and at work.

I try to get up by 5:45 so I have time to pray the Liturgy of the Hours before going to the gym or work, and before everyone else is awake at 6:15. I also read the lectionary for the day and "The Word Among Us" for commentary. Evening prayer is much harder, though. By the time I get home at 6:30-7:00, things are getting crazy - dinner's cooking, kids have to go places, and at a bare minimum, people want to talk about their day. At night, I try to find time (or remember) to read the Bible and that may include evening prayer, but not always. And sometimes I am able to pray the rosary as I'm driving to or from work, but not always.

I would like to shape a life around prayer, work, family, rest, and so on, in a Benedictine fashion, but it is hard. I am fortunate that I do have a lot of control over my work life, but I'm still an employer and have clients, and sometimes those things take priority over leaving work to get in some quiet time (we don't take formal breaks) or even getting time in the evening (some of my clients are three time zones away).

More than anything, I'd like an awareness of my relationship with God to be the constant foundation of my day, but I'd say that awareness is infrequent and has to be called to mind, rather than feeling ever-present.