Thought of the Day January 17, 2017

By 10:16 AM

"When the holy Abba Anthony lived in the desert he was beset by accidie, and attacked by many sinful thoughts. He said to God, 'Lord, I wand to be saved but these thoughts do not leave me alone; what shall I do in my affliction? How can I be saved?' A short while afterwards, when he got up to go out, Anthony saw a man like himself sitting at his work, getting up from his work to pray, then sitting down again and plaiting a rope, then getting up again to pray. It was an angel of the Lord sent to correct and reassure him. He heard the angel saying to him, 'Do this and you will be saved.' At these words, Anthony was filled with joy and courage. He did this, and he was saved."  What did St. Anthony learn from this? He learned that a life of busyness without prayer does not prepare us for eternity. But a life that takes time to pray in the midst of work keeps before us the reason why we work and pray. The time of prayer does not have to be long, only attentive and sincere from the heart. It takes a few seconds to invoke the holy name of Jesus and to praise God for his blessings of the moment. Those few seconds generously spread through the day will help to sanctify the work we do and see it in reference to eternity.

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