“Look at Him, even just for a moment”

Life is extremely busy. I’m taking another parish nursing online course and my days are filled with family/work/school/volunteer commitments. There’s never enough time.

When the calendar is overflowing, it’s easy to rush through prayer, or worse, stop spending time in quiet prayer. These days, I have to force myself to be still before the Lord.

Providentially, a friend gave me this piece of writing from St. Teresa of Avila. Her wisdom is exactly what a busy person needs.

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“I’m not asking you now that you think about Him or that you draw out a lot of concepts or make long and subtle reflections with your intellect. I’m not asking you to do anything more than look at Him. For who can keep you from turning the eyes of your soul toward this Lord, even if you do so just for a moment if you can’t do more?

He has suffered your committing a thousand ugly offenses and abominations against Him, and this suffering wasn’t enough for Him to cease looking at you. Is it too much to ask you to turn your eyes from these exterior things in order to look at Him sometimes? Behold, He is not waiting for anything else… than that we look at Him. In the measure you desire Him, you will find Him.”

St. Teresa of Avila, Way of Perfection, Ch. 26:3

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6 Responses to “Look at Him, even just for a moment”

  1. Nancy says:

    Wonderful. I needed this today – thank you.

  2. SR says:

    Hey 8 Kids,

    This is a great post and it brought back something a friend told me a few months back. He said, “Whenever you think you do not have time to pray, at your noon prayer, just sit for one minute and look at your Crucifix and see what comes to you.”

    I found this to be one of the most wonderful things in my prayer life. I would be sitting there “thinking,” I did not have time to pray. From that one minute came forth a prayer of any kind and any length of time.

    It is amazing what the Lord can do for us, if we just give Him, ONE MINUTE! Thanks for sharing this and God Bless, SR

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  4. reinkat says:

    I love this post.
    As an iconographer, it is especially meaningful to me. There is nothing more prayerful and peaceful for me than sitting with His Holy Image.

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