We exhibit increasing desperation in our attempts to recapture time. Drivers pull out in front of us on our morning commute, or immediate email responses confirm that our initial communication wasn’t read very thoroughly.
To quote a popular country song, we seem to be “living like we are dying”, as if we are trying to make the most of our last few breaths.
In our breathless pursuit, we’re trying to catch up, but catch up to what?
I’ve spent time in prayer over the past few months contemplating the concept of time, and I’ve just registered for a workshop in Boston in January called “The Holiness of Time”. It will be my first trip to the Monastery of St. John the Evangelist and I’m looking forward to a few days of silent retreat and then the workshop on Saturday taught by Brother Geoffrey Tristram.
Here’s the workshop details that caught my attention:
“In the beginning, God created time, blessed time. And yet – for so many people – time seems cursed. Time is disordered, with insatiable demands, leaving us defeated and depleted. In this workshop we will glean insight from the scriptures, monastic wisdom, poetry, and contemporary mentors how to claim time as a gift, how to set personal boundaries, how to be really present to life.”
In addition to the January workshop, the Lenten series from the Monastery this year will have the same theme: Catch the Life. You can sign up to receive a short, daily video starting on Ash Wednesday, February 18, 2015 here.
I hope to learn more about God’s gift of time as I pray over the coming months, and am looking forward to learning more through workshops and videos from the monastery.
Will you join me in learning about the Holiness of Time?