Praying Through the Noise
by Marianne Diaz
I write this article amidst the noise of my daughter playing a singing Santa while our young long-haired Dachshund barks incessantly trying to protect her. Sounds, information and technological connectedness can challenge our abilities to focus and allow the spirit of God to permeate our lives. The culture of our homes and lives are often loud, fast and crazy. Four children and two dogs can easily drown out the peace and silence that I seek. On the other hand, I have learned and practiced the ability to pray through the noise. I first recognized this while praying at a seminary at Mass some years ago. The shocking ring of a cell phone didn't even faze me. We can remain centered, calm and peacefully energized through the busyness of life. God does not call all people to a monastic approach to the spiritual life. The spirituality of the desert fathers taught us that external appearances, status, wealth and education should not be measures of holiness. Jesus' life included the handling of crowds, the teaching and organizing of disciples and dealing with people who challenged him publicly. Jesus knew how to remain centered on his love of the Father and his Father's love for him through many difficulties and potential distractions. Jesus stepped away from the throngs of people when he needed to, but he could also pray, love and minister through the noise.
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