Day 11 (Mar 9)
– Fatal Busyness

Day 11 (Mar 9)
Fatal Busyness

Am I using busyness as an excuse?

“Being unable to cure death, wretchedness and ignorance, men have decided, in order to be happy, not to think about such things.”

- Blaise Pascal, a renowned Catholic mathematician and physicist

In the Parable of the Sower, the seed that fell on the path ultimately got eaten up by birds. Jesus tells us that the birds represent the evil one.

Peter Kreeft, a Catholic philosopher, once said: “Diversion and indifference are the Devil's two most successful weapons against faith and salvation, the two widest roads to Hell in today's world.” (Peter Kreeft, Christianity for Modern Pagans: Pascal's Pensées Edited, Outlined, and Explained)

How does the devil divert our attention? By tempting us to complexify our lives. We work very hard in order to raise our standards of living. We spend much time at parties and socializing to maintain our popularity. When we finally get home, we are busy with social media, watching TV, or planning our next vacation. We simply don’t allow ourselves to have quiet time, knowing that once we enter into solitude, we are forced to confront problems from which we try to escape. Cardinal Robert Sarah says: “For man can encounter God in truth only in silence and solitude, both interior and exterior.” (Cardinal Robert Sarah, The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise)

The trivial things in our daily lives keep imposing pressure on the soil of our hearts, making it increasingly impermeable. Unless we make an effort to simplify our lives, there is no space for the Word of God to enter.


Am I using busyness as an excuse for not sparing time to read the Bible and to pray?
Do I intentionally allow room for the Word of God to enter my life?


Lord, help me reorder my life, especially in how I spend my time, so that I can leave room to receive your Word and holy will.

As my response to your invitation, Lord, I desire to start my day with reading the Bible and praying so as to seek your will.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.