Take Time

June 14, 2010

Today, I came across a book my grandmother had given me back in college on Mother Teresa.  A hand-written note from her was tucked on the page I happened to open.  On the page were the words from the sign on the wall of a children’s home in Calcutta:

Take time to think
Take time to pray
Take time to laugh
It is the source of power
It is the greatest power on earth
It is the music of the soul
Take time to play
Take time to love and be loved
Take time to give
It is the secret of perpetual youth
It is God’s given privilege
It is too short a day to be selfish
Take time to read
Take time to be friendly
Take time to work
It is the fountain of wisdom
It is the road to happiness
It is the price of success
Take time to do charity
It is the key to heaven.

I think Mother Teresa was onto something, and I think my grandmother was onto something too as she shared Mother Teresa’s wisdom with me.

Are we taking the time for what matters most?

Becky is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer. She is the author of the Busy Lives and Restless Souls (March 2017, Loyola Press) and The Inner Chapel (April 2020, Loyola Press). She helps others create space to connect faith and everyday life through facilitating retreats and days of reflection, through writing, and through spiritual direction. With nearly twenty years of ministry experience within the Catholic Church, Becky seeks to help others discover God at work in the every day moments of people’s lives by utilizing St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and the many gifts that our Catholic faith and Ignatian Spirituality provide.

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