“I’d really like to do mental prayer, but I don’t have the time.” How often this has been said! And in a hyperactive world like our own, the difficulty is a real one and should not be underestimated. But time is not always the real problem. The real problem is knowing what really matters in life. As a contemporary author remarked, no one yet has starved to death because they didn’t have the time to eat. We always find (or rather take!) the time to do what really matters to us. Before saying we don’t have time for mental prayer, let’s begin by reviewing our hierarchy of values, to see what our real priorities are.
- Time for God, p.26
Regarding this problem of time, we should make an act of faith in Jesus’ promise: “There is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or land, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time!” (Mk 10:29). It is legitimate to apply this to chronological time as well: whoever gives up a quarter of an hour of television in order to pray will receive a hundredfold in this life—the time will be returned to them a hundredfold, not in quantity but in quality. Mental prayer will give one the grace to live out every moment of life in a much more fruitful way.
- Time for God, p.27