Therefore, do not continue in ignorance, but try to understand what is the will of the Lord.

(Ephesians 5:17)

As St. Paul exhorts us, Lord, I am trying to understand your will. By understanding, I don’t mean asking why, but discerning, knowing how to serve you in each moment. When I spend time doing puzzles, I think of St. Charles Borromeo, who said that if God were to call him he would keep on playing cards. He hadn’t lost his awareness of you.

Still, I want to be more productive. Relaxation and exercise of the mind have a place in my routine, as long as they are a means and not an end. Even the most challenging games, however, can spawn restlessness and ennui after a while.

There is no reason to be bored, whether or not I have companions or diversions. With you, I am never alone, and contemplating you invites me into your Eternal Now, which is always new. I could call it the “Eternal New,” for you are unfathomable.

Please help me to live this day with the courage, joy and motivation that spring from your nearness. Thy will be done.

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