Sanctifying Your Work With The Angelus

Last Sunday, I heard a very inspiring homily focusing on the first reading, 1 Kings 19: 4-8. It really cut directly into my attitude as I was preparing to enter a second work week that was going to be totally devoted to meetings. I’m sure a lot of people can relate to weeks where from sunup Monday to close of business on Friday, you are sequestered with a group of colleagues in an overly cooled meeting room. During these events, I try not be thoroughly rude and actually pay attention when someone else is the presenter. Of course I pay a stiff penalty for this as my e-mail box continues to climb by the hour. The day is not over when the meetings end at 5pm, the next stop is a mandatory dinner to promote fellowship. Only then do I get a few hours before bed in order to answer e-mails and then prepare for the next day’s presentations. After the first week I felt my prayer life fading and like Elijah I begin to wonder if I am really doing God’s will in the workplace or just participating in an endless ritual of “meeting, eating, and retreating”. While leaving Mass, I commented to my wife that I wished I had recorded the homily as I was sure somewhere around lunchtime on Tuesday, I would be needing it. Luckily, I found out Scott Hahn had written a reflection very similar to Father’s message — maybe he had used this for his inspiration.
Unfortunately, it was only Monday afternoon when I felt myself slipping solely into the secular business atmosphere. What I needed was to re-exam the Homily. The line that struck my heart was, “He will give us the bread of life, the strength and grace we need—as He fed our spiritual ancestors in the wilderness and Elijah in the desert.” I asked myself if I received the heavenly gift just the day before, why is my spiritual battery being depleted so fast? The answer of course, is to use the analogy of a car battery, unless the car is in motion, the battery will slowly deplete itself. As the week progressed I turned to praying the Angelus throughout the day. This simple, beautiful, ancient prayer of the church continually calls us to hear, assent, and bear fruit.

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