Friday, August 28, 2009


Busyness is an assumed way of life for us parents. "The Busy Family's Guide to Spirituality" enters into the daily hectic schedule of parents, complete with the many competing lists, demands,and stresses, and offers parents and family a practical way of living the spiritual life together in intimacy with God. Spiritual writer, Henri Nouwen writes the following in his book Making All Things New:

"One of the most obvious characteristics of our daily lives is that we are busy. We experience our days as filled with things to do, people to meet, projects to finish, letters to write, calls to make, and appointments to keep. Our lives often seem like overpacked suitcases bursting at the seams. In fact, we are almost always aware of being behind schedule. There is a nagging sense that there are unfinished tasks, unfulfilled promises, unrealized proposals. There is always someting else that we should have remembered, done, or said. There are always people we did not speak to, write to, or visit. Thus, although we are very busy, we also have a lingering feeling of never really fulfilling our obligations. The strange thing, however, is that it is very hard not to be busy." (1)

As a parent, how can we discover true spirituality in such a busy world of raising children? The ancient call echoes across the generations: "Be still and know that I am God". God still invites us into a life of inner quiet, rest, renewal and spiritual stillness. This call is made because God knows we need the gift of stillness to renew our souls for the days ahead. Come along with these blog essays and the insights discovered in "The Busy Family's Guide to Spiritualtiy" and discover anew the ancient way of spirituality by "being still and knowing God".

(1) Henri Nouwen, Making All Things New (San Francisco, CA: Harper & Row, 1981), 23-24.
Photo "Contemplation", by Thomas Robinson. See for Thomas Robinsons's Nature Photography gallery.

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