The Pilgrim Fathers

 I just finished reading Henri Nouwen’s book The Pilgrim Fathers.  He addresses three principles that the monastic fathers followed that he recommended for today’s busy society:  solitude, silence and prayer.  As I read the book, my hunger grew for quiet and solitude, but I was a bit disturbed by a reference to a man known as St. Anthony the “father of the monks.”   He withdrew into the desert for 20 years into complete solitude.   After he emerged from this time, “people recognized in him the qualities of an authentic ‘healthy’ man.   While I agree that solitude is important, what is a Mom to do??  Often I think to myself, if I could just get away from people, life would be easier.  Is escape from everyone, really the answer?  This summer, I had the privilege to visit a dear friend that kept my schedule free to allow me time and space to think and pray.  During this time, I felt refreshed and invigorated and ready to go home.  Now a few months later, I am in the midst of the business and craziness.  What can I learn from Nouwen?  I do not nor should I leave my family for years. . . yet, a bit of silence each day is important.  Another thing to consider is what is keeping me from my silence and is this thing essential, or what should I cut back?

Getting things done with little ones around is challenging!!

Here is a blog that encouraged me and took away some guilt:  Your children want you!.

 

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