St. John Paul II on Everyday Life

St. John Paul II on Everyday Life June 18, 2014

Do you ever go through periods of time when your schedule is so carefully crafted that any unforeseen obstacle threatens to throw everything out of balance? Most of us can probably answer this question with a resounding “yes!”, and some of us might even be feeling this way right now. Personally, our family has a lot going on for the next few weeks: we are in the process of moving, packing, and doing work on our new house, all while I am almost 7 months pregnant, and we are leaving for a family reunion the day after we move! Despite my best efforts to plan the next couple of weeks accordingly, with kids in camp and workers lined up, life happens and things have come up that I didn’t expect. Kids get sick, workers’ schedules get pushed back, and I am moving more slowly than I thought I would be 🙂

My awesome husband noticed my oncoming stress last night and suggested that maybe I could take a day to recuperate. He also recognized that we have a lot going on right now, and thanked me for all of my hard work – good man! Even though my first instinct was to protest – “there’s too much to do, I can’t take a break” – I realize that giving in to stress is certainly not the answer. I decided to look to the saints, and in particular, St. John Paul II, for some guidance. As always, St. JP II came through for me with this perfectly fitting bit of wisdom:

“True holiness does not mean a flight from the world; rather, it lies in the effort to incarnate the Gospel in everyday life, in the family, at school and at work, and in social and political involvement.”

What a beautifully simple answer: In all that I do today, Lord, and in all of the events of my daily life, may I seek to incarnate the Gospel. Rather than wishing that I could flee from the challenges of this world, please help me to embrace whatever may come my way and to turn it into something beautiful, all for the advancement of your kingdom here on earth.

May God bless each of you and your families. Mary, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us! St. John Paul II, pray for us!

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  • Wonderful thoughts here Katrina. Many prayers for you as you prepare for your move! You certainly have a lot going on!

  • Juris Mater

    Kat, go rock it, girl. That is A TON to have on your plate, especially when I’m sure that all you really want to do is clear your mind and calendar and settle in to prepare for your baby, and you’re doing such a great job!!

    I think this is one of the great lessons I’m meant to learn in raising a large family. We’re always breakneck busy (if I view it that way), there are always unexpected things at the worst time (which is practically all the time), there are always just about three too many thing to keep my head wrapped around, etc. So… the only way to survive is to brace myself–or as a friend of mine says, plant both feet on the floor, bend your knees, and keep your fists up–and just take on the immediate moment, and pace myself mentally and grab on spiritually so that I can find refreshment along the way in the midst of the commotion! Because there’s no actual reprieve anywhere on the horizon : ) Thank God for the rich blessing of a full life!!

  • Queen B

    Precious reminders. I am saying prayers for your move, Kat!

  • Mary Alice

    These are great thoughts! I am working hard right now on learning to say NO!, sometimes even to really good things, so that we can leave some space in our life for the random hiccups which are bound to come up. I am also trying to remember that rest is crucial, even when there are things to be done, you are more productive later if you have gotten some rest! Somedays, when you are 7 months pregnant, you can only have a goal of one thing a day, one box packed or unpacked, one decision made, etc. Other days, that nesting energy kicks in and you can do a million things faster than you thought possible. Right now I am making lots of lists, which is helping me to see what I have done and what needs to be done. Good luck with your move!

  • Katrina

    Yes, you’re so right, some days I have much more energy than others! I find moving difficult because both my husband and I are working hard, so we are both very tired 🙂 Usually, if he is busy at work or I’m busy with something at home, we are able to balance each other out a bit better. It is all a huge blessing, though, and it is nice to work together towards a shared goal!