Chatting about Devoting time to prayer


Saint Francis also points out the potential for negative feedback from people about our inability to perform the devotions in this book. Although we know shouldn’t try to do them all, we should expect to be able to shape our life and schedule around adequate devotion time. The start of Advent is a perfect reminder of this. For Advent we are called to slow down and ponder the mystery before. In general, we could all benefit from slowing down. Our culture gives us so many time distractions, and we only percei

Nov 30, 10:24 AM

Sister Susan Marie (Moderator): we only perceive to not have enough time, but there are plenty of opportunities to cut back on time wasted and devote it to extra prayer. What are your thoughts on that?

Nov 30, 10:25 AM

Sister Susan Marie (Moderator): Saint Francis once said:Every one of us needs half an hour of prayer a day, except when we are busy – then we need an hour. How does this shed light on this week’s reflection?

Nov 30, 10:25 AM

Sister Susan Marie (Moderator): chat Sun Dec 3 730pm est

Nov 30, 10:26 AM

Sister Susan Marie (Moderator): Advent partners: How about- Ruth and Dawn; Judy and Carol Anne, Brian and Lisa, Mother and Jennifer

Dec 1, 7:49 PM

Guest531 (Guest): Hi! It

Dec 1, 7:57 PM

Guest531 (Guest): s Ruth. Looks good, Sr. Susan. And this old computer – with the big screen is working again – no apparent reason. But this typing has been interrupted twice already by a request for me to sign in to google again AND by an ad for an AD BLOCKER!

Dec 3, 5:57 PM

SrSusan (Guest): Advent Mass and Nativity lighting tonite for the Sisters and school.

Dec 3, 5:58 PM

SrSusan (Guest): I do think even in the Monastery we can waste time but at least we can get back to prayer very quickly! The more responsibilities we have the more we need prayer

Dec 3, 7:30 PM

Dawn (Guest): Happy Advent!

Dec 3, 7:30 PM

Ruth (Guest): Happy Advent to you, too, Dawn.

Dec 3, 7:31 PM

Guest7786 (Guest): Hi Dawn and Ruth ! Happy Advent ! Brian

Dec 3, 7:31 PM

Ruth (Guest): I enjoyed a Christmas concert at St. Bernard’s Church this afternoon.

Dec 3, 7:31 PM

Guest7786 (Guest): How nice Ruth !

Dec 3, 7:31 PM

Ruth (Guest): You are here right from the start this time, Brian. Welcome!

Dec 3, 7:32 PM

Ruth (Guest): How’s it been going?

Dec 3, 7:33 PM

Guest7786 (Guest): Yes , we had our final 6hour formation meeting yesterday for Kairos 61 at Wende Prison . Please pray for Men Dec 7-10 !

Dec 3, 7:34 PM

Dawn (Guest): I will be a bit distracted, a little one is here. right now busy with Nativity and baby Jesus

Dec 3, 7:34 PM

Ruth (Guest): I’ve been working hard at re-learning time management skills that seem to have been second nature to me since I was a kid, but seem to have been knocked out of my head eight years ago – with the TBI.

Dec 3, 7:34 PM

Ruth (Guest): How sweet, Dawn. How old is your grandchild?

Dec 3, 7:34 PM

Dawn (Guest): 3 yrs

Dec 3, 7:35 PM

Guest7786 (Guest): How nice Dawn enjoy !

Dec 3, 7:35 PM

Guest7786 (Guest): Such a great age !

Dec 3, 7:35 PM

Ruth (Guest): Beautiful! Maybe the computer and chat is the distraction, not the child.

Dec 3, 7:36 PM

Ruth (Guest): Such important play!

Dec 3, 7:37 PM

Dawn (Guest): it is so much fun age! yes Ruth haha....but she is at table with me and quite engrossed with Mary Joseph an Jesus....

Dec 3, 7:38 PM

Ruth (Guest): A dear friend, now deceased, told me about her grandchild setting up the nativity set. He put one of his toy cars in the stable.

Dec 3, 7:39 PM

Ruth (Guest): She asked, why is the car there? The boy replied with a question: How do you suppose WE are going to get there?

Dec 3, 7:39 PM

Dawn (Guest): out of the mouths of babes

Dec 3, 7:39 PM

Ruth (Guest): The imagination of a child puts life into the figures.

Dec 3, 7:40 PM

Guest7786 (Guest): Enjoy every moment Dawn . You will always have a special bond with your granddaughter . Lian was able to spend a lot of time with Janet’s Mom and they are still very close .

Dec 3, 7:42 PM

Dawn (Guest): Hi Brian...every moment. that is wonderful when a child can have and know grandmother. I did not know mine very well, a little. did you know?

Dec 3, 7:42 PM

Ruth (Guest): We are supposed to be considering time, and how we can not waste too much time, so that we’ll have time for prayer – and yet, it seems to me that the unscheduled time provides an atmosphere where prayer HAPPENS naturally, effortlessly.

Dec 3, 7:43 PM

Ruth (Guest): I like the quote about Everyone needs a half an hour for prayer, except when we are very busy; then we need a hour.

Dec 3, 7:43 PM

Dawn (Guest): a helpful insight Ruth, like right now

Dec 3, 7:44 PM

Ruth (Guest): Uh hu! Precious moments.

Dec 3, 7:44 PM

Ruth (Guest): But it also helps that this chat is scheduled. How else could we get together?

Dec 3, 7:44 PM

Dawn (Guest): Thomas the Train has come to the manger....the little shepard boy is chasing him1

Dec 3, 7:45 PM

Ruth (Guest):

Dec 3, 7:45 PM

Guest7786 (Guest): Both of my Grandmothers passed away when I was very young but I was able to spend some good times with Janet’s Grandmother ! She prayed for years for us to have children .

Dec 3, 7:46 PM

Ruth (Guest): Grandmothers make the world go round!

Dec 3, 7:46 PM

Guest7786 (Guest): Amen Ruth !

Dec 3, 7:47 PM

Ruth (Guest): I smile remember in the doctor who thought he was NOT quoting the Bible; he figured it was just his grandmother he was quoting.

Dec 3, 7:47 PM

Dawn (Guest):

Dec 3, 7:48 PM

Guest7786 (Guest): Ha ha !

Dec 3, 7:48 PM

Ruth (Guest): The prayers of people whose Faith has been tested and grown over the years – who pray for their children and grandchildren – are the most important form of evangelization ever, I think.

Dec 3, 7:49 PM

Guest7786 (Guest): Amen Ruth !

Dec 3, 7:50 PM

Dawn (Guest): Amen. encouraging beautiful words <3

Dec 3, 7:51 PM

Ruth (Guest): My parents and my grandparents saw their Faith and their prayers as a PRIVATE matter, but other people I’ve known did not make such a secret of where the answers to life’s deepest questions lie.

Dec 3, 7:51 PM

Ruth (Guest): I am so grateful.

Dec 3, 7:52 PM

Ruth (Guest): And as soon as I could read – worlds opened up to me.

Dec 3, 7:52 PM

Guest7786 (Guest): I had this big huge gang leader in my table family on Kairos retreat . He was really quiet but you could see he was really thinking . He said to me that everything his 94 year old Grandmother had taught him was finally making sense to him on the Kairos weekend !

Dec 3, 7:53 PM

Ruth (Guest): I wanted to meet personally the authors of some of the books I’d read.

Dec 3, 7:53 PM

Ruth (Guest): Wonderful, Brian!

Dec 3, 7:54 PM

Dawn (Guest): Praise be to Jesus!

Dec 3, 7:54 PM

Dawn (Guest): the books you read as a child?

Dec 3, 7:54 PM

Ruth (Guest): I – we’ve – been praying for your ministry. Without what you’ve been through, it probably could not have been as effect as it is.

Dec 3, 7:58 PM

Guest7786 (Guest): Ruth I had the most wonderful 2nd Grade teacher who got me the right reading help ! Sister Richard ! At the end of year we were reading Jonathan Livingston Seagull . I raised my hand to read and it was like the lights went on and I could read and with real feeling . I remember the teachers shock and awe when she heard me . It was Soo encouraging !

Dec 3, 7:59 PM

Ruth (Guest): Dawn, I’m dyslexic – but I wasn’t diagnosed as such until I was in post-doctoral residency training in neurology. I just had to work extra hard at – and spend more time – at reading. I couldn’t really read independently until I was in about 6th or 7th grade. But then it took off! Science was my special interest then, and politics, come to think of it. The Universe and Dr. Einstein, One two three Infinity, The Papers of Thomas Paine. I’d memorized the Catechism – Baltimore Catechism #2.

Dec 3, 8:00 PM

Ruth (Guest): Wonderful, Brian! I don’t think I read Jonathan Livingston Seagull until I was in high school. Maybe it was newly published then. I’m not sure how I became aware of it. I think I saw someone else reading it.

Dec 3, 8:06 PM

Guest7786 (Guest): It has been Soo nice I think the last year and a half I have been able to go to daily mass early before work ! No early buses for the kids anymore !

Dec 3, 8:07 PM

Guest7786 (Guest): What a gift to be able to go to mass daily !

Dec 3, 8:08 PM

Ruth (Guest): Very important, besides the four books I mentioned at the end of last weeks chat was FABIOLA – a novel about the early Church, when there was a lot of martyrdom. The same teacher who gave me the Psalter, the Imitation of Christ, the Selected works of GM Hopkins, and a math book – made sure to introduce me, long distance, to the school librarian in my new school, who was a devout Catholic. He recommended FABIOLA. Not easy reading for me even now, but good. (I’d borrowed it through the interlibrary syst

Dec 3, 8:09 PM

Ruth (Guest): system, and then bought a copy on line. And then I bought an e-copy for the daughter of a friend who is a convert to Catholicism.

Dec 3, 8:09 PM

Ruth (Guest): So important, too, to attend daily Mass if you possibly can.

Dec 3, 8:11 PM

Ruth (Guest): I think it was my 4-H Club leader, who was a daily Communicant, who, by her example got me started doing that when I was thirteen years old – and attending public school, and had to be there early because I was in Orchestra, which rehearsed before the regular school day started.

Dec 3, 8:12 PM

Guest7786 (Guest): I used to walk to school early to attend 7am mass before school . Soo nice to be able to go again !

Dec 3, 8:13 PM

Ruth (Guest): I’d bicycle to church, then bicycle home, then run to school carrying a stack of books and my violin. Quite a marathon, but it was worth it!

Dec 3, 8:13 PM

Guest7786 (Guest): How nice Ruth !!!

Dec 3, 8:16 PM

Ruth (Guest): Around here, though, there are no Saturday morning Masses, and the church 7 1/2 miles away, the nearest, now, has no early Mass on Tuesdays and Thursdays. No regularity makes it harder to get into a rhythm of being in my place in Church on time.

Dec 3, 8:16 PM

Guest7786 (Guest): I wanted to go to Carmelite High School in nearby Niagara Falls Ontario

Dec 3, 8:16 PM

Ruth (Guest): Did you? Interesting. What happened?

Dec 3, 8:17 PM

Guest7786 (Guest): No my parents would not let me it was a boarding school

Dec 3, 8:18 PM

Guest7786 (Guest): Probably was too expensive !

Dec 3, 8:18 PM

Ruth (Guest): My grandnephew Drew wanted to go to a Catholic School, too. I think that the family decided that they could not afford it. He is now about to graduate from his public high school. Recently he completed the requirements for his Eagle Scout qualification. Quite an accomplishment!

Dec 3, 8:19 PM

Guest7786 (Guest): Wow that’s great Ruth !!!

Dec 3, 8:20 PM

Ruth (Guest): Yes, Brian, in our family money was a big issue, too. After 9th grade I decided I wanted to go to a Catholic High School, because I was sure I wanted to attend a Catholic College and that I would not get any encouragement from home.

Dec 3, 8:21 PM

Ruth (Guest): A neighbor who had a large family, all attending Catholic Schools, talked with me about it, took my report cards to the principal, got me admitted. I had to pay for it myself, but by then I’d been working for a couple of years, at least, part time during the school year and full time summers.

Dec 3, 8:22 PM

Guest7786 (Guest): My parents did give me choice of public school or ST Joes . I chose to go to public school . I had better teachers in High School than in college . It was an excellent School back then.

Dec 3, 8:24 PM

Ruth (Guest): Yes, I was quite frankly disappointed in St. Mary’s H.S., Manhassett, NY and willing to admit that I’d made a mistake – not invest in a (required) uniform.

Dec 3, 8:26 PM

Ruth (Guest): The Principal, Mother Paul Joseph, told me that I had not been there long enough to make the judgement. She told me: Go ahead and buy your uniform; if you decide later not to stay, I will buy it back from you for what you paid for it.

Dec 3, 8:27 PM

Guest7786 (Guest): It would be nice if we had high schools that were pre-vocational . For young people beginning to discern a vocation.

Dec 3, 8:28 PM

Ruth (Guest): And she gave me a little, shoulder-to-shoulder hug. (I did not remember ever having been hugged by my mother. I was in college when the mother of a Hispanic friend greeted me and her daughter with hugs and sent us off with hugs. I thought that was some kind of a Hispanic custome!

Dec 3, 8:29 PM

Srsusan (Guest): Hopes the chat was good I just got back from sour advent Mass

Dec 3, 8:29 PM

Guest7786 (Guest): Soo much emphasis on sports today we are like the Corinthians

Dec 3, 8:30 PM

Guest7786 (Guest): Hi Sister Susan ! Happy Advent ! Brian

Dec 3, 8:30 PM

Ruth (Guest): Well, without Judy we did not stay on the topic very closely – and this is one of the few times I didn’t print out the questions (need a new color cartridge for the black one to work!)

Dec 3, 8:31 PM

Ruth (Guest): SOUR Advent Mass. Tell us about that, if you have a moment. I never heard of that.

Dec 3, 8:32 PM

Ruth (Guest): But we did share quite a lot.

Dec 3, 8:32 PM

Ruth (Guest): Dawn has her 3 year old granddaughter with her.

Dec 3, 8:34 PM

Guest7786 (Guest): Ruth we were never hugged either till I joined Kairos ! Everybody Hugs everybody ! I was overwhelmed when I went to first meeting 10 years ago .

Dec 3, 8:34 PM

Ruth (Guest): Opps, Sr. Susan’s gone again. She manages to stick to a schedule like clock work. Amazing!

Dec 3, 8:37 PM

Guest7786 (Guest): Have a wonderful week Ruth ! God Love You ! Brian 🙏🏻

Dec 3, 8:39 PM

Ruth (Guest): Brian, I’m a hugger now, too, whenever I am sure that the other wants my hugs. Many of my substance abuse patients got used to it from AA and NA meetings, and some would initiate it, generally at the end of a session. Of course I would not turn them away, even though, in residency training we were told to not even shake the hand of a patient.

Dec 3, 8:42 PM

Ruth (Guest): The reason was clear; SOME would find that “too close” or somehow threatening. But can you imagine refusing to take the hand of a patient who reaches out to shake yours, especially when you’ve established a good relationship. I let the patient lead in such matters. And explain that if I see them on the street or in a store in town, I will not greet them – for the sake of their confidentiality – UNLESS they greet me first.

Dec 3, 8:45 PM

Guest7786 (Guest): That’s Great Ruth ! You are bringing everybody the Love of God !!! Keep Hugging !!! If you ever want to visit our Kairos Group we camp out at Harvest House of South Buffalo for December and June retreat . Our outside team stays there whole time while we commute back and forth to prison . Quite a community . Reminds me Soo much of the early church !!!

Dec 3, 8:48 PM

Ruth (Guest): In a relatively small town, many people know that I’m a shrink and might wonder “How does he/she know Dr. Ruth . . . One former patient though, from the next town, gave me a big hug on the sidewalk in town and introduced me to her friend, saying,She was my psychiatrist! She helped me – and [husband’s name] soooo much. Sure helps me, too, to feel that I’m doing something right.

Dec 3, 8:48 PM

Guest7786 (Guest): God Bless You Ruth , Dawn , and Sister Susan !

Dec 3, 8:49 PM

Dawn (Guest): stopping in to say goodnight. I will enjoy reading all you wrote later. God Bless you all, prayers for each. I was thinking how each one is given gifts from God to share and how beautiful the body of Christ shines! have a blessed week everyone

Dec 3, 8:56 PM

Ruth (Guest): You too, Dawn, Brian, visitor. And thanks for the invitation, Brian. I guess I’ll e-mail you if it looks like I might be able to get to a Kairos meeting. Winter camping? Hmmm. Come to think of it, in Germany, when I was on the retreat team for Charismatic retreats, we “camped” between Christmas and New Year every year for several years in a row. And sometimes it was even wintery – with deep snow – up on Triburg even for the Holy Week retreats.

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