Recreation ceases with the ringing of the bell. I wonder if anyone ever feels she'd like to finish this important conversation, or maybe add just one more teensy thought, before going to her assigned task for the afternoon.
Several days ago, one of our friends referred to a book by Blessed Columba Marmion. "He mentions the importance of immediately
responding to God's will," our friend says "... which will manifest differently for each soul.
He talks about the fault of having the attitude of, 'in a minute...I
just have to finish this one thing I am doing.' How often I have said
that!! It really is a mortification to stop something we are engaged in
to follow where God is calling us."
It is one of my own primary mortifications. Or would be, if I graciously accepted it as such. "I'll be there in a minute," I say (even if not in words) to people and tasks and, yes - all too often to prayer. "I just need to finish this one more thing."
I pray to hear and answer (promptly) the legitimate calls of "the bells."
In the Parlor, we've had a discussion of fasting. I think it's time for me to start fasting from "one more thing..."
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