Friday, July 22, 2011

Called to be More highlights -- #13

Highlight #13 – Saying “no” to distractions.

It was remarkable to me how many of the teens left their cell phones at home, or shoved them into the bottom of a bag where they couldn’t be distracted by the lure of texting or the desire to check the score of the game. Instead, they came on the walk to find fewer distractions. They wanted the silence of prayer, the immersion into a culture of other young people seeking holiness, the delight of spending several times each day in front of the Blessed Sacrament. They wanted the freedom of not knowing where they were going or what time it was. They wanted the simplicity of saying “yes” and allowing others to guide them. They wanted a week without carrying money or technology or iPods.

And with fewer distractions, God’s voice could be heard in the stillness more clearly.

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