By HSP Mystic
For the next forty days, I have decided to read about and contemplate the lives of various Catholics writers and saints.
I was not raised a Catholic and would not today consider myself one, yet I find more and more that there are knowledge and wisdom to be gained from many beliefs and from people on many walks of life.
The stories and lives of certain Catholic writers and saints have interested me for several years now.
I decided there is no time like the present to begin reading about them.
More than reading, to contemplate and ponder and decide to take on some practices from their own lives for my own.
Interestingly, while looking at an online calendar for the Catholic Feast Days in 2020, the day I began my 40-day journey toward healthy living, there is no Catholic saint honored on that day.
The space is blank.
I thought it fitting, considering the focus in the posts on day one and day two on space.
One theme I have noticed in the lives of many Catholic saints and mystics is that of space. They intentionally created space in their own lives. This time they devoted to prayer or contemplation or serving others as serving Christ became a sort of medium or Way.
Through it, their lives and eyes were opened to deeper or greater or more lasting things.
This is something I wish for, something I have found at times taking place in my own life. But it always comes at a cost. And often, the cost goes against our human proclivity toward comfort and ease.
For instance, Saint Rose of Lima only slept two hours each night in order to devote more time to prayer. A tall order for someone who loves sleep, but perhaps that is why she is remembered hundreds of years after her short life.
I ask, what might I accomplish if I were to sleep two hours and spend the extra time in prayer or contemplation or service to God and mankind?