Monday of Lent Week 1, or Prayer after College

Collect: Convert us, O God our Savior, and instruct our minds by heavenly teaching, that we may benefit from the works of Lent.

Today was a day I preferred not to have as all I did was work.

I woke up, looked at the forecast, and requested to work from home. After which all I did was work. And because of my work, I could not attend Monday daily Mass and Adoration, which I can only attend on Mondays.

Alas, gone are the college days when I could go to Mass 3-5 times a week.

For those of us who are done with school, and for my dear friends who are still in and about to finish, adjusting one’s prayer life when you are surrounded by so many resources and people can be quite a challenge. In fact, losing all of that can be quite daunting.

This means that one has to reorient themselves after such a faithful stage of life.

When we leave campus, we have to find ways to make ourselves active in the parishes we find ourselves in. If you can sing, join the choir. If you can serve, ask to become an acolyte. If you know your stuff, help out in catechesis. If you seek to serve, check out a parish council.

But if you can’t do any of that, Ora et Labora.

Pray and Work.

This maxim does not only apply to monastics; we must let our work sanctify us. If possible, look deeply into your work and see how it makes you a better person, or see what the fruits of your labor better serve others. For example, my work in the end allows others to receive the adequate healthcare they need. For others, their work allows them to support their vocations as parents.

“Love God and do what you will.” ~St. Augustine.

Everything we do must be based on God’s will. If we truly love God and others, then we must make our will God’s will. Everyone is called to carry this out differently.

Pray that your work is God’s will. Work so that your life is a prayer devoted to serving God and others.

You can do it.

Have a blessed Lent.

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