Multitasking, the mental disorder of our time. So many are rushing here, rushing there, filling their lives with stress. We will be much more at peace if we concentrate on one thing at a time. And most of all, the “One Thing”, the Lord.
A common theme in my photography is to try to show everyday things that most of us just walk right by and miss. The beauty of a leaf on the ground, a sad looking man sitting on a park bench.
There is another thing, missed and taken for granted by many. It’s what happens in the Catholic Mass. This happens in every Mass, but we day dream, fiddle with our phones, make plans on what we’re going to do for breakfast…..and miss the most important thing that has ever happened in the history of the universe, the coming of God on earth.
There are so many “invisible” people all around us. Those who we walk by and never see. In the park early one morning I saw this woman. She’s the one who waters the plants in the park; a “person in the background”. And she’s loved by God as his own.
In the same train of thought, I found this video of a “flash mob”. In a food court at a mall, filled with normal average “background people”, suddenly we see the amazing beautiful celestial beings they really are.
People are turned into objects by the world. We see it all the time in movies, news, TV. People are shown as caricatures of what they really are, turning them into nothing but “things”.
People are so much more than this. We are made in the image and likeness of God. (Genesis 1:27)
Looking around us, we see all kinds of angry upset people; in the checkout line, in their cars, protesters screaming in rage at each other. We need to look more deeply into their faces. What hell has their life become that we know nothing of.
I recently found a video on YouTube from a couple of young kids, singing about this very thing. They urge us to notice people, the real people, all around us. The video brings tears to my eyes everytime!
Walking in a local park, I noticed, hidden in the back along a stone wall, a “Historical Archive”. These carvings go back probably a hundred years. I wonder how their lives turned out. Where is “Aaron”, “SD”, and “Jenz” today?
Monastic life is mostly two things, Prayer and work. We gather in the church and chant the Psalms 7 times a day, and in between, do simple manual labor. The labor is really just another kind of prayer.