"And I beheld, and heard the voice of one eagle flying through the midst of heaven,
saying with a loud voice: Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth....
[Apocalypse (Revelation) 8:13]

Friday, June 1, 2018


Jesus tells us...

My CHILD, so often you kneel before Me only in body. In spirit you are somewhere else. Many time you begin to think of Me, and then find yourself thinking of other persons, places or things.
You say that these distractions come to you in spite of your good will. Let Me show you how to deal with distractions, so that you may learn at last the secret of my loyal followers. Only actions is the proof of sincerity. How sincerely do you desire to turn your attention to Me throughout the day?

Distractions are thoughts, imaginations, feelings and desires which hold your attention longer than they deserve. At a time when you might direct your attention to Me or some profitable activity, you often find yourself fighting to keep control of your thoughts. These distractions are due to the various experiences which you have in your daily life. By diminishing these experiences, you will also lessen the number of your distractions
True, you are obliged to give your attention to a number of people and attend to various duties and needs throughout the day. Yet, you need not give your attention to these people and things any more than necessary. You could eliminate many a distractions without neglecting the necessary obligations of your daily life.
If you really want to be more aware of My nearness to you throughout the day, you must do your part to gain so great a favor. Begin at once to examine what comes between you and Me. See how many things you can eliminate in your daily life without neglecting your duties and obligations. Unless you make a determined effort to concentrate your attention on Me, you will be a victim of distractions.
Holy desires are worthless unless they are put into action. The saints tried so hard to keep their attention on God. They deliberately avoided all unnecessary distractions. They learned how to fix their minds on holy things throughout the day. They knew how to enjoy My company.
True, you must give your attention to your duties and obligations. So often, however, you give your attention to what is unnecessary. Is it any wonder that you find prayer hard or strange? Begin today to avoid unnecessary distractions, so that you may think more often of Me and speak to Me more frequently throughout the day.
- Rev. Fr. Anthony J. Paone SJ