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Monday, September 9, 2013

Jesus and the jar of pickles--distractions at prayer

By Amanda Rose

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Washing of the Feet (artist unknown; photo credit: Wikimedia Commons).

I admit it. I am not a "morning person." Morning prayer times were not fruitful for me for many years. By "not fruitful," I mean that I would fall asleep whenever I attempted mental prayer in the morning. Even if I was sitting in an uncomfortable pew after morning Mass and wanted to stay for a bit with the Lord, my head would nod and I would startle awake, only to nod off again. I could pray in the afternoon, or late at night and stay awake, but not in the mornings. I read and was told that it was preferable to have a morning prayer time, but I just couldn't stay awake through one!

Well, I have been quite pleased with myself for faithfully praying Morning Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours the past months – and staying awake. Maybe it's because I pray the Liturgy of the Hours from my phone using the Laudate App and electronics really do keep us awake? Or maybe it's just - cough, cough – middle age? Whatever the grace, I was doing so well that my spiritual director suggested I add the daily Mass readings to my morning prayer time, and that was a nice thought - a little time to meditate on the scriptures before starting the day.  

Maybe I shouldn't have been quite so pleased with myself and my success. After all, Proverbs 16:18 says, "Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall." I was feeling a little proud, kind of full of myself. Should have known better and remembered - it's all a gift, not me at all, whether I am awake or asleep, it's a gift from God. But I forgot and this week in my exuberance I added in a little something extra in the morning instead of waiting til later in the day. I read the verse of Jesus washing the feet of the disciple, meditating on it and praying for the grace of humble servitude.

Read the rest at Amanda's blog Little Steps Along the Way.


  1. Amanda, I wanted to comment on this when I first read it on your blog, but couldn't get the hang of "Google 'circle' commenting." So I am especially delighted to see it right here. I can identify SO MUCH with this sort of distraction! O my, yes!! Thank you for your fun way of helping us see what to seriously do when our minds are hopping down bunny trails dripping with pickle juice ...

  2. Oh I love this post, Amanda! Yes, I can relate and the whole pickle scenario made me laugh! My mind wanders during prayer too and it comes up with some pretty odd stuff at times :)

    (And for some strange reason my laundry/bathroom/dishes/ become incredibly important each time I start to pray. Funny, because it's never very important to me the rest of the day...lol.)

  3. Amanda...this is great! I laughed out loud, because of course I can relate. I love to think Our Lord and Our Blessed Mother laugh right along with us... God bless you!


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