August 17

Reflection

Events pass from the future through the present to the past. We measure them in what we call time. Our lives have a certain span of time. What we experience now will be looked back on as a part of our past life. Joy is marked in time and so is pain. All we really have is the present and it slips by quickly moment by moment. Yet, we let it slip by too preoccupied to notice until we say one day, ”Where did the time go?” Spiritual mentors have spoken of the sacrament of the present moment, the awareness and savoring of the instant of time we have now. It is the effort to experience each moment of time and a response to its invitation to live fully. It is an acceptance of each day of life as gift and a consciousness and of the presence of God in its unfolding.

Prayer

Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.
2 Corinthains 6:2

Action

Consider how you use your time. Do you overwork, become too busy to notice what is around you?  Do you take time for your own reflection and stillness? Do you “lose” time?

Suggested Reading

And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?
Luke 12:25 

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up
 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8

All that really belongs to us is time; even he who has nothing else has that.
Baltasar Gracian

When people go through something rough in life, they say, “I’m taking it one day at a time.” Yes, so is everybody. Because that’s how time works.
Hannibal Buress

 Time does not change us. It just unfolds us.
Max Frisch

Time present and time past
Are both perhaps present in time future,
And time future contained in time past.
T.S.Eliot

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
Buddha

The art of life is to live in the present moment, and to make that moment as perfect as we can by the realization that we are the instruments and expression of God Himself.
Emmet Fox

I know that the purpose of life is to understand and be in the present moment with the people you love. It’s just that simple.
Jane Seymour

God is always coming to you in the Sacrament of the Present Moment. Meet and receive Him there with gratitude in that sacrament.
Evelyn Underhill

The best gift we can have is living in the present moment and really enjoying it for what it is; and, not being in our heads and getting sidetracked.
Amy Smart

Most people treat the present moment as if it were an obstacle that they need to overcome. Since the present moment is life itself, it is an insane way to live.
Eckhart Tolle

There is surely nothing other than the single purpose of the present moment. A man’s whole life is a succession of moment after moment. If one fully understands the present moment, there will be nothing else to do, and nothing else to pursue. Live being true to the single purpose of the moment.
Yamamoto Tsunetom

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