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It’s About Time

Is Time God-made or a human invention?

“You made the moon to mark the seasons, the sun that knows the hour of its setting. You bring darkness and night falls . . . ” (Psalm 104:19-20).

God created the seasons and their changing weather patterns. He created the Sun to bring light to the day and the Moon to govern the night. He made man to sleep and rest during the dark and He gave man talent, skills, and mission to tend the earth in the light. Depending on where one lives in the world, the ebb and flow of seasons and the duration of light and dark varies; one man’s day is another man’s night.

God created order and pattern. The invention of measuring time belongs to man.

From the invention of calendars by the Babylonians and Egyptians 5000 years ago up until the present standard for time accuracy of the atomic clock, man has willed to harness time for the benefit of humanity by bringing all in the world together through it. Measuring time is a worthy invention, of course, but let us consider the question of authority; who is serving whom?

Does Time Rule?

Does time serve humanity . . . or has humanity become slaves to time?

As disciples of Jesus Christ, we have the blessing of looking at time through God’s vision. St. Paul explains,

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to ransom those under the law, so that we might receive adoption. As proof that you are children, God sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying out, Abba, Father! (Gal 4:4-5).

God in his Son, Jesus Christ, entered into time and therefore has divinized it. This means our days are not meant to be frantic races against time as if we were gerbils running on wheels to nowhere but exhaustion. By entering into time, Jesus witnesses how we are to exercise authority over time through God.

A Solution to the Anxiety that Comes with Responsibilities

For many years I felt pulled by many responsibilities; family needs and work deadlines were causing me much anxiety. When all my responsibilities became more than I could bear, I prayed, Lord, you cannot want me to be this overwhelmed all the time. I must be doing something wrong. Please help me.

Our Lord answered by leading me to his Mother, the Virgin Mary, through a daily praying of the Rosary. It made sense to spend time with her considering Jesus spent 30 of his 33 years on Earth living with her in a simple, quiet family life; the very life I longed for. Growing out of my daily Rosary came time each morning contemplating for 30 minutes the daily Mass readings through the devotional I had subscribed to. It may seem strange that the way to carve more time in one’s day is to take away from your daily duties in order to pray, but that is exactly what happened. It is what Mother Teresa must have discovered too. I read where one of her sisters complained she had no time for all that needed to be done. Mother advised, “Then spend an additional hour in Adoration.”

When we give the ‘first-fruits’ of our time to God, amazingly we find our priorities come into order, deadlines are met and that which we have no idea how they are going to get done, do get done or we discover they didn’t need to be. The most interesting aspect is that what we may think are interruptions in our schedules become God’s way of providing unexpected blessings that we would have missed otherwise.

Not at all coincidentally, it takes 40 days to begin a new habit. If you find yourself stressed feeling you could use some more time in your day, then consider this time of Lent to ‘fast’ from your schedule and ‘offer it up’ to God through a daily praying of the Rosary and contemplation of Scripture, especially the daily Mass readings.  It’s about time.

Nan Balfour is a grateful Catholic whose greatest desire is to make our Lord Jesus more loved. She seeks to accomplish this through her vocation to womanhood, marriage, motherhood, and as a writer, speaker and events coordinator for Pilgrim Center of Hope.

Answering Christ’s call, Pilgrim Center of Hope guides people to encounter Him so as to live in hope, as pilgrims in daily life. See what’s happening & let us journey with you! Visit PilgrimCenterOfHope.org.

A Journey with Terra Sancta Ministries

Come on a journey with Mary Jane Fox to Terra Sancta Ministries in Pontiac, MI! To help guide us on our spiritual pilgrimage is Fr. Alex Kratz, OFM. He is Co-Founder & Spiritual Director of Terra Sancta Ministries, oversees St. Joseph Chapel and the Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Pontiac where the ministry is headquartered.

During this spiritual pilgrimage, we will:

  • Learn about the history of Terra Sancta Ministries and its mission.
  • Be introduced to the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary.
  • Discover what pilgrims can experience while visiting the Shrine.
  • Much more!

For more information about Terra Sancta Ministry and Shrine, click here.

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Jewel for the Journey:

“Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received–only what you have given; a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage.” – St. Francis of Assisi

A Closer Look at Terra Sancta Ministries:

Images courtesy of Terra Sancta Ministries or captured from their Official Facebook Page.  All rights reserved.

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A New Journey to the Chapel of the Miraculous Medal

This week’s spiritual pilgrimage takes us to 140 Rue du Bac, in the heart of Paris, France. Join Mary Jane Fox, as she takes us on a new journey to the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal!  In this very chapel, the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Catherine Laboure in 1830 and instructed Catherine to have a medal struck after the model image that was presented to her. It was called the Medal of our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in the beginning. However, as medals were distributed and worn by Christians; many conversions and even miracles occurred! For these reasons, the Medal came to be called the Miraculous Medal.

During our journey, you will hear about:

  • Mary’s apparition in Paris and to whom she appeared
  • The incorrupt body of St. Catherine Laboure
  • How people have experienced miracles and graces related to the Miraculous Medal
  • … much more!

For a complimentary Miraculous Medal along with a pamphlet explaining its significance, call us at 210-521-3377.

Featured Image: “The Protection of God is Always There!”, by Lawrence OPCC BY-SA 2.0

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Jewel for the Journey:

“From Mary we learn to surrender to God’s Will in all things. From Mary we learn to trust even when all hope seems gone. From Mary we learn to love Christ her Son and the Son of God!” – St. Pope John Paul II

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Poland – Our Lady of Czestochowa

Come along with Eddie Reyes and Debbie Garza, pilgrimage group leaders for Pilgrim Center of Hope to the Jasna Góra Monastery in Częstochowa, Poland! A pilgrimage destination for hundreds of years, this monastery dates back to the 14th century. Jasna Góra has become one of the most venerated sites in Catholicism, due in part to the Black Madonna of Częstochowa, which is a 14th-century icon credited with many miracles.

During this program, our hosts will discuss:

  • What will pilgrims see/experience at the monastery?
  • What is the image of Our Lady of Czestochowa?
  • Why is the image of Our Lady of Czestochowa so important to the Polish people and to Catholics all over the world?
  • Much more!

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Jewel for the Journey:

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior.” (Luke 1:46-47)

A Closer Look at Jasna Góra:

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Western Wall and Saints Joachim and Anne

This week’s spiritual pilgrimage, Angela Sealana, Media Coordinator for Pilgrim Center of Hope, will lead us on a journey to the Western Wall of the original Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.

During our spiritual pilgrimage, Angela will discuss:

  • Take you on a guided walk around the Western Wall.
  • We’ll hear about the history of the original Temple, and what it was like during the time of Jesus,
  • And we’ll meet two people known for their association with the Temple, Saints Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus.

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Jewel for the Journey:

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16)

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