I try to get some physcial exercise each day but sometimes the NordicTrac in our bedroom just sits as a clothes hanger and not an inspiration to be fit.
And I try to get some spiritual exercise each day but sometimes my beautiful rosary beads from Rome sit in my purse as a pretty souvenir and not a means of prayer.
However, I am always hopeful. I think it is important to always keep trying.
So as we begin a new month and on the Feast of St. Therese of Lisieux I will again resolve to get more exercise.
This photo makes me more determined. My daughter, Elizabeth, and I went on a Scavi Tour of the undercroft of the Vatican. Later, we visited the Vatican gift shop and I bought a book of daily prayer. I used it “religiously” for a while.
So this fall I am going to attend the talk on “Two Apostolic Women Mystics: Catherine of Siena and Madame Guyon” at the Newman Catholic Center, 472 North Pleasant St., Amherst, at 2 p.m. on Oct. 24. (Call 549-0300) It is free and open to the public.
That same day the Marian Center, 1365 Northampton St., Holyoke, is running a day-long program on “Centering Prayer.” Call 532-5238 after 3 p.m. daily to register.
The calendar pages of “The Catholic Observer” are loaded with other opportunities for lectures, eucharistic adoration, novenas or parish missions. Log onto www.iobserve.org.
We just have to make the time and make it a priority.
I remember vividly when we stopped in this chapel in Florence, Italy. It was one of the nicest moments of our vacation even though it did not involve anything with a “WOW factor” or a big touristy moment. In a world of cell phones and e-mails and noise it is good to sit in quiet with God.
I also think we can find spiritual moments when we look at inspirational art — or even the gorgeous foliage of New England.
And from a Dominican Monastery…
So this month I will try to recall how much my spirituality was awakened while in Italy. And I also will recall how much walking I did there and try to emulate that activity as well.
Here’s to new beginnings… and speaking of which, my daughter, Kerry, starts her job today as an assistant editor at America Magazine in New York City!! Yes, I am very proud!!