October 7


We have many responsibilities that are proper…as parents, spouses, or children, as employees, or employers. Yet, sometimes, when we fail to properly prioritize our activities, what is good can get in the way of what is better. We allow ourselves to be distracted and choosing what is good and missing out on what is better. In the end, there is one thing that underpins everything else: living out the vision of a world based in justice, peace and love.


O God, help me to foster the vision of Jesus in all I do.


Am I usually distracted by things that are good in themselves?
How can I be more disciplined in choosing a path that is better?

Suggested Reading

Jesus entered a village
where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him.
She had a sister named Mary
who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak.
Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said,
“Lord, do you not care
that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving?
Tell her to help me.”
The Lord said to her in reply,
“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.
There is need of only one thing.
Mary has chosen the better part
and it will not be taken from her.”
Luke 10:38-42

It is not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, ‘What are we busy about?’
Henry David Thoreau

There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.
Freya Stark

Remember that you have only one soul; that you have only one death to die; that you have only one life…If you do this, there will be many things about which you care nothing.
Saint Teresa

The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.
Stephen Covey

Nobody’s life is ever all balanced. It’s a conscious decision to choose your priorities every day.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck

We can’t blame children for occupying themselves with Facebook rather than playing in the mud. Our society doesn’t put a priority on connecting with nature. In fact, too often we tell them it’s dirty and dangerous.
David Suzuki

Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom.

All the mistakes I ever made in my life were when I wanted to say No, and said Yes.
Moss Hart

Most people can look back over the years and identify a time and place at which their lives changed significantly. Whether by accident or design, these are the moments when, because of a readiness within us and a collaboration with events occurring around us, we are forced to seriously reappraise ourselves and the conditions under which we live and to make certain choices that will affect the rest of our lives.
Frederick F. Flack