Stewardship of Time
Persevere in Prayer – Romans 12:12
“Prayer and Christian life are inseparable,” says the Catechism of the Catholic Church. But as anyone who has ever tried to pray on a regular basis will tell you, prayer can be hard work. That’s why we have to make a firm commitment to be persistent. Just as we learn to budget our money or schedule occasions for service, we also have to be very specific when we make time for prayer. Many people set aside 30 minutes in the morning to sip a cup of coffee and read scripture. Others pray a rosary on the way to work. Still others pray with their children before bedtime or pray with their spouse before retiring for the evening. Whatever the format, the important thing is that we make a conscious effort to spend time with God.
Action Steps for Spiritual Growth
- Make Mass your top priority on Sunday
- Schedule time for daily prayer
- Pray together with family and loved ones
“For Catholics, stewardship of time should include setting aside periods for family prayer, for the reading of scripture, for visits to the Blessed Sacrament, and for attendance at Mass during the week whenever this is possible.”
~ From the U.S. Bishops’ Pastoral Letter on Stewardship.