Blogging about life at a Benedictine monastery in St. Joseph, Minnesota
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
"I can rise and shine, just not at the same time." FB quote, unknown
“Good Morning” one bright eyed sister chirped to me with a big
smile as she met me on the way to prayer one morning. Still trying to wake up,
I nodded my head in response…the most I could do at that time of the day. I
don’t know what it is, but no matter how hard I try, I can never make it to bed
before a very late hour. This would not be much of an issue except that our
community prays at 7 a.m.! Now, don’t get me wrong, I love our Liturgy of the
Hours, but 7 a.m. comes too quickly for me. During Lent I tried extra hard to
get up early so that I could be at prayer at 6:45 a.m. instead of rushing in at
6:57 a.m. or later. This was quite a challenge for me, but on most mornings I
did succeed. I do have to say it was a good feeling to be ready to chant or
recite our psalms when the bell rang promptly at 7 a.m., than trying to figure
out what song we were going to sing and what pages we would recite from. But
mornings are still a challenge for me. It amazes me when many of our sisters
say they get up at 4 or 5 a.m. I just can’t see it. But then again, most of
them are gone to bed when I am getting my second wind at 9 or 10 in the
evening. Most sisters laugh when I tell them I was working out at 9 p.m. or
just starting a movie at 10 p.m.
And the funny thing is, have you ever noticed that if you wake
up and it is 6 a.m. and you close your eyes for “5 minutes” it is 7:45 a.m.,
but if you are at a meeting, school or work and it’s 1:30, close your eyes for
5 minutes and it is 1:31? Well, that’s the way it goes for me anyway.
While mornings are a bane for me, I am always grateful for the
day when I get up. I remind myself I am here to sing praise to God with my
sisters and that is my incentive to get up each morning when I want to stay in
bed. And until we move our morning prayer to 10 a.m., I will continue to find
ways to make mornings a more joyful time for me.Who knows, my next blog may be inspired by me
waking up at 4 a.m. with the larks. Until then, I will keep tending to the
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