Sunday, 2 March 2008

Prayer and Work

My last post was almost a month ago (save a day). I am wondering if I should keep this blog open or close it, as I am not really a person of having a lot of "half" projects... we see how it goes in the coming months.

Anyway, there was a scripture passage that struck m during the week, and I just want to say a few words on that. During office psalm 126 (127) came up and the line "If the Lord does not build the house, in vain do its builders labour".

It does not matter what we do, what vocation we have, everybody has his own work. It is very clear praying the psalm that the Lord has to be in the work, and that without the Lord the work will never reach its full potential.

When I was working I always took this very serious, and always tried to include God in my work. Asking him to guide me, to help me and strengthen me to make right and honest discussions. I always tried to keep a healthy prayer life on the side as well, although this was not always easy. God blesses us in our work, and because we do our work, and I could notice that subsequently when doing apostolic work with the Legion of Mary.

If we don't take our work serious, or do it half heartedly then this wouldn't be really following Jesus, and while proclaiming to be a Christian it would be hypocritical. Now then, the job of a religious, the path which I am discerning now, is for a big part to pray. I think it is important that we take this very serious indeed. It is not that it is something new as we see it in the life of the Saints and in the life of Holy men and woman and they all told us. For religious praying is a big part of our job description, and not living up to this expectation might mean in a way that we are hypocritical.

I think that this thought helped me focus, and allowed me to reflect on the path I am choosing. Would I not be comfortable with prayer as my main job then it might be better for me to serve God in the married vocation, to try and be a good example in having a catholic family, and to do the Lord work full or part time on the side. With God the love would flow though the relations in the family in imitation of the trinity.

For me though, I am happy with my job to pray, and I am happy that I will through prayer have the Lord himself as my closest companion

1 comment:

Gerard Dunne OP said...

Luuk,

Keep up the blogging. It is a great means of communication - I like your reflections quite a lot.

Gerard

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