Uncle Eddy's E-mail -- May 17
St Paschal Baylon,
(entered heaven this day in 1592)
If you have been skimping on your prayer time, you have probably also been skimping on your visits to the chapel. Am I right? Don´t get defensive! Take a deep breath, calm down, take it easy... This is normal. No one ever really taught you how to keep first things first, so it is no surprise that you aren´t doing it. This Uncle, though, won´t stand idly by as you get sucked into the very well named "rat race" of modernity. Look, if your relationship with God is the key to your life´s meaning, happiness, and peace (which it is, no matter what those post-modern, deconstructionalist professors might tell you – the proof is in the pudding, as they say), you have got to keep it first on your list of priorities. Therefore, that little Catholic chapel, as unappealing to you as its architecture may be, is your secret key to lasting efficiency. Let me remind you what is in there: God. Yep. Jesus Christ has chosen to accompany us on our earthly trek in many ways, the most remarkable of which is the Eucharist, the body, blood, soul, and divinity of the Son of God himself under the appearances of bread and wine. The living flame of the little candle next to the box (Tabernacle) in that chapel is a reminder of this silent, living presence of our Savior. He is there. Your creator. Your Redeemer. The one who knows you, who loves you, who wants to lead you to "life in abundance" (John 10:10)... But there you go, rushing around from physics class to fencing practice, from drama class to dinner meetings – way too busy to drop in and have a conversation with God. Rather unfortunate, eh? A quick look at today´s saint might help you recalibrate.
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