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… being attentive to the times of the day: when the birds began to sing, and the deer came out of the morning fog, and the sun came up. The reason why we don’t take time is the feeling that we have to keep moving. This is a real sickness. We live in the fullness of time. Every moment is God’s own good time, His kairos. The whole thing boils down to giving ourselves in prayer a chance to realize we have what we seek. We don’t have to rush after it. It was there all the time, and if we give it
time, it will make itself known to us.
I was thinking of these words of Merton, realizing how quickly the summer is passing and how all of us, in the church and in our daily lives, are engaged in vacations and family get-togethers. We do not to be told that time is sacred: the church marks it through the observance of the lectionary, daily through the celebration of the offices and hourly through the prayers of the faithful. We have been reminded through the slower summer days how deeply important time is, that all relationships we have are imbued with our understanding of the brevity of our lives and our time with each other.
Merton’s reminder that all time is kairotic time, God’s time, is revealing as make our trips and plans for the summer before the beginning of the program year. His reflection specifically refers to prayer, but it includes the gift of time that we give to the church and its programs. Starting in the new year, we have an opportunity to offer ourselves and our time to many activities at St. Paul’s. We have a barbeque on July 28 with our neighbors at Chester Eastside; we are also making plans for the beginning of a new health clinic and will have an intern beginning with us in September to help with our Sunday YOUth program for neighborhood young people, for which we will need volunteer help. In the meantime, I ask you to prayerfully consider how to give ourselves and our time to the spiritually nourishing work that we are offering, for the good of the Church, the parish and our souls.