There is truth and depth in living simplicity. I dare say, there are some of us who always want more.
Simplicity can be mundane for me. I have the personality that seeks out adventure and spice in doing my normal routine. I have successfully broken my normal routine moments throughout my days, my weeks, and my months. I admit it could be a coping method for feeling inadequate, but alas, I am enjoying myself and my life.
Yet, living some moments and routines in a simple way has been very liberating. As I have sought to do extravagant prayers for 9 days, or the 30 day prayer, or the search for finding heroic ways in fulfilling my obligations, I have also felt defeated in such practices. The vicious cycle goes like this: I will start the new prayer and the new task, and fail to be consistent with it. Then I give up doing anything at all that may resemble an attempt to get back to my resolution.
This obviously leads me to be less in touch God. As if there was no such way to achieve a balance, I tend to shoot for the extreme opposites.
The following podcast is from a woman who has wrote about finding solice in daily simple prayer. In her book, Acedia and Me, she speaks about how our faith can be tested more than we want to believe it is, and in those moments of great testing, we need to do at least something to keep our daily prayer going, and eventually keep the motor of faith oiled up so that it will not rust.
- Daily Prayer (focusedandfree.com)
- America Magazine: Founded in 1909 by the Jesuit order and directed today by Jesuits and lay colleagues, America is a resource for spiritual renewal and social analysis guided by the spirit of charity.