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Christ was curled up, as it were, in a corner of this person's soul, unable to help them because of the clutter of their preoccupations.
Jesus is not upset by our day-dreams or distractions. He waits patiently for our homage and companionship.
Jesus smiled at me, and pointed to a table and two chairs, since He was waiting to dine with me, despite my distractions.
Jesus waits with infinite patience and kindness, when I have decided to pray, but find that I am distracted by thoughts of the work I've been doing.
Christ my Lord waited patiently until the pain subsided. My desire to pray was as pleasing to Him as my words.
Even when we are distracted or ill-at-ease, God invites us to step into the depths of His life, by prayer.
Martha complained that she had all the work to do, whilst Mary sat at Jesus' feet, listening to Him. Jesus praised Mary's role, and invited Martha to be less harassed about things she chose to do.
It is only by the power and will of Christ that we can escape distractions, to pierce Heaven in effortless prayers.
Christ showed me a road leading towards Him, and explained how - by my own will - I become distracted from the important goal.
Someone who has given both heart and mind to God in prayer, yet who is distracted by unwanted images, is no more to blame for them than a person who sits quietly in her room is to blame for the shadows cast on her window-blind by persons outside in the streetlight.
Our progress towards Heaven can be like a sales graph. We have done well if we have moved steadily upwards, despite occasional stumbles on the path, and have never turned back since first giving our life and heart to Christ.
In a seaside town, we can gaze at the busy streets and harbour, or turn to admire the sky and the calm sea. So, in our souls, we can gaze at our problems, in gloom and confusion, or we can choose to 'turn' to look towards God, to rest in Him, and to gain wisdom and peace.
If we claim to be walking on a path towards Heaven, how many unnecessary things on the way are distracting or corrupting us?
The Lord is no more concerned by my distraction at Mass, when I'm tired and in pain, than if I were a sick child on her father's lap, at Mass. He is glad that I am present at Mass out of love for Jesus.
Christ does not expect us to become perfect just because we spend time with Him at Exposition. He delights is our prayers of adoration; yet He understands when our minds wander, and when we reflect on ordinary aspects of life - as guests do at a wedding reception who don't spend every second talking about the bridge and groom.
Christ showed me that when I am sick and exhausted and find it hard to pay attention at Mass, I am no more to blame than an exhausted child who cannot help falling asleep on her father's shoulder, held safely in his loving arms.
An astronaut who looks back towards the earth he has left can see things in their correct perspective, seeing what was important for the flight and what caused needless worry. We ought to examine our lives, to see what is essential, as we prepare for eternal life, and what is distracting or even dangerous.
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